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Toews out Tuesday, All-Star game unlikely

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Toews out Tuesday, All-Star game unlikely

Jonathan Toews provides so much to this Chicago Blackhawks team. For at least one game, his teammates will have to go without him and everything he brings.

Toews, who suffered an upper-body injury against Nashville on Saturday night, will be out when the Blackhawks host the Predators on Tuesday. Toews is officially listed as day to day, and coach Joel Quenneville said the injury, which prompted Toews departure in the second period on Saturday, is not serious.

Quenneville also said that Toews appearance in this weekends All-Star game in Ottawa is not likely. Asked if Toews could be ready for the Blackhawks Western Canada trek after the break, Quenneville said, well see. Well get a better assessment after (the break).

You certainly miss his leadership, how important he is to our team, Quenneville said. In a game like Saturday, you dont have him in all the areas. It changes the complexion to what our options are.

Toews was slashed on his left arm during Fridays game against the Florida Panthers, although he did finish that game. Asked if that was part of what caused Toews Saturday injury, Quenneville said there was no defining blow.

If nothing else, Toews injury comes at a time when he gets a good chance to recuperate. The Blackhawks have six days in between Tuesdays game and their next, a Jan. 31 game in Vancouver. With Quenneville deeming the injury not serious, the time could certainly be beneficial.

We miss (Patrick) Sharp already. We have to battle but other guys will have a chance (to play), Marian Hossa said. Im sure weve got everything to win the hockey game.

The Blackhawks altered their lines in Toews absence on Monday. Dave Bolland was centering the top line of Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Kane, and Michael Frolik centered the checking line.

Injuries happen to every team every season. The Blackhawks will be missing a big piece with Toews, although they may not be missing him for long. If nothing else, the Blackhawks face another test to see who else in that locker room can step up and help fill a void.

You get tested along the way; everyone absorbs a little bit more, Quenneville said. It adds more to your (overall) leadership when you lose your captain. You find out things, which is good for us.

Robin Lehner got best of 'reverse psychology' with Blackhawks familiarity in Game 1

Robin Lehner got best of 'reverse psychology' with Blackhawks familiarity in Game 1

On Tuesday, former Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights got the better of the Hawks in Game 1 of their Round One Stanley Cup Playoff series, winning 4-1.

Lehner saved 19 of 20 shots from Chicago, but his own equipment made him more uncomfortable in net than his former team.

The 29-year-old goalie had to have a skate blade repaired twice in the second period.

"I was pretty frustrated. It's the first time that's ever happened to me," Lehner said following the game. ... "You kind of get into it and I didn't really know what happened there at first, but you have to battle through it. The rule is when we have possession they can blow it. Kind of tough for a goalie with one skate."

The Blackhawks hit a post the first time Lehner had blade trouble, but otherwise didn't capitalize on his skate malfunction.

Chicago got away from what worked in the Oilers series against goalies Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen in creating traffic in front of the net to take away the goalie's eyes and trying for deflections. Vegas' D did a good job of pushing the Hawks to the outside and away from the crease.

According to Lehner, when the Blackahwks did have chances, knowing their tendencies from playing with them earlier in the year — before he was traded to Vegas ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline — played to his advantage in Game 1.

"I think I'm foremost a reading goalie. I know a lot of their tendencies, I know what they're trying to do on the power play and etc.," The 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist said. "But it becomes a little bit of reverse psychology. I knew that they know (that) and they were going to mix it up a little bit on me. On all the really in-tight chances today they tried to go five-hole, so I kind of anticipated that before the game and next game they're probably going to try something else."

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Podcast: Blackhawks drop Game 1 to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

Podcast: Blackhawks drop Game 1 to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

The Blackhawks lose Game 1 to the favorite Vegas Golden Knights and former Hawk Robin Lehner gets credited with the win. Host Pat Boyle is joined by NBCS Blackhawks analyst and 2013 Stanley Cup champ with the Hawks Jamal Mayers to break down Game 1 and talk how the Hawks can come back for Game 2 to tie the series.

(1:00) - Corey Crawford let in a few soft goals

(6:20) - What went wrong and what went right for the Hawks?

(10:32) - How do the Hawks get more offense?

(14:30) - How should the Hawks prepare for Game 2?

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