Jonathan Toews will not travel on the first part of this trip, but the Blackhawks are hopeful he can meet up with them along the road.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews is "progressing" from what is likely concussion-like symptoms. Asked if Toews could join the Blackhawks' three-game road trip at some point, Quenneville said, "hope so."
"Hes progressing so hopefully its going to be soon that we get him on the ice," Quenneville said Thursday before the Blackhawks headed to Ottawa. "Hes getting the proper attention and working with our trainers and doing his routine. Hes progressing. We mentioned yesterday we're not sure on the timeline of where hes going to be. We said day-to-day and we're still on that timeline."
Meanwhile, Niklas Hjalmarsson skated again and will go on the Blackhawks' road trip. He is out tomorrow, but Quenneville hopes the defenseman plays on some part of it.
Viktor Stalberg did not practice on Thursday but Quenneville said he's fine and he'll be on the trip.
Ray Emery, who came in to relieve Corey Crawford on Wednesday, will get the start Friday night in Ottawa.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to breakdown the Hawks’ recent four-game points streak, Corey Crawford's second star of the week honors and Brandon Saad’s best stretch of hockey since he returned to Chicago.
Burish talks about the criticism that Nick Schmaltz receives, the tweaks to the power play and whether he is impressed with how the team leaders have handled the coaching change.
Burish also shares his thoughts on Joel Quenneville attending Sunday night’s Bears game, Eddie Olczyk’s "One More Shift" and shares a couple off-ice stories about Patrick Kane.
:36 - What have you seen over this four-game points streak?
2:35 - Crow is second star of the week, are the Hawks relying too much on Crawford?
4:00 - Crow: no soft goals and rebound control
5:30 - Problems exiting zone cleanly
8:00 - Art of the hoister
9:40 - Best Saad has looked?
10:45 - Schmaltz inconsistencies
12:30 - New wrinkles on Power Play
16:30 - Sikura call up?
18:00 - Leaders handling coaching change
22:00 - What Q’s been up to
25:00 - Burish Beauty
26:00 - Edzo's One More Shift and Hockey Fight’s Cancer Night
28:30 - Kane’s 21st Birthday and off-ice 88 story
Listen to the full Hawks Talk Podcast right here:
Corey Crawford was named the NHL's second star of the week after going 2-0-1 with a 0.65 goals-against average, .980 save percentage and a shutout.
The Blackhawks netminder kicked things off by stopping all 28 shots faced in a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wedensday night. He then recorded 31 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night, and concluded the week with a stellar 39-save performance in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
Prior to Wednesday, the Blackhawks had been on an eight-game losing streak. In the last three games, the team recorded five out of a possible six points, and Crawford is a big reason why.
In 12 games this season, Crawford is 5-6-1 with a 2.44 goals against average, .922 save percentage, and a shutout.
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (five goals and eight points in three games) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (five goals and six points in three games) were named the first and third stars, respectively.