Jonathan Toews is questionable to play and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night on CSN.
Toews has been day-to-day since suffering his upper-body injury against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. And while Toews did not practice with the Blackhawks on Monday, coach Joel Quenneville said there’s a chance Toews could be ready for Tuesday’s game.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning,” Quenneville said.
Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body) practiced with the Blackhawks for the first time since sustaining his injury on Oct. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets but he will not play vs. the Panthers.
“I liked what I saw today. But I think maybe a couple more days on the ice we’ll get a better indication of when [he returns],” Quenneville said of van Riemsdyk. “We’ll see how he progresses over the next couple of days.”
For van Riemsdyk, it’s been a long wait. Unfortunately, he’s used to that given his injury history – he’s had some serious ones that have kept him out anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Still, looking back at how he dealt with previous injuries helped.
[SHOP BLACKHAWKS: Get your Blackhawks gear right here]
“This is something you don’t want to have much experience at but I have some. It’s nice to be able to draw from it,” van Riemsdyk said. “It’s unfortunate, unlucky stuff. You can draw from that stuff. There [are] some things that just take a little bit of time and that’s how it goes. It just helps to stay positive, to have the great staff we do… every day, coming into the rink, even if you can’t skate, they still make it a pleasure to come in.”
A few other Blackhawks were missing from Monday’s practice. Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov were just taking maintenance days and are expected to play vs. the Panthers. Backup goaltender Scott Darling was out sick; Quenneville said Darling, “should be fine” by Tuesday.
The Blackhawks went 3-3-1 on their latest – and final – Circus Trip. With the Blackhawks still atop the Western Conference entering Tuesday’s game, Quenneville likes the direction in which they’re heading.
“When you finish it and you’re .500 or above, that’s a pretty good objective. With seven points, we’re happy in that regard,” Quenneville said. “We had good stretches in the seven games. It’s good for the guys to get together, get some bonding. But to me, that was an important stretch of the season, knowing we came out it in a pretty good spot. We had a favorable schedule at home early and now let’s get back to another busy month ahead.”