Jonathan Toews took contact on the ice today but coach Joel Quenneville wasn't pointing to a specific game for the captain's return.
The Blackhawks will have two regular-season games remaining after Sunday night, with their tilt in Minnesota on Thursday and in Detroit on Saturday. And while Quenneville has said he's hopeful Toews will get back in before the regular-season ends, they'll be cautious if necessary.
"Were hopeful (for Thursday) but theres no target," he said. "If hes ready, hell be going. If not, well be patient."
Meanwhile, after clinching a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season, the Blackhawks are looking to close out this weekend with a victory over Minnesota tonight. Ray Emery will get the start for the Blackhawks -- Corey Crawford has started the last eight in a row -- while Josh Harding goes for the Wild.
Mark Schanowski is joined by Will Perdue and Mark Strotman to preview the NBA draft.
0:50 Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and expectations for the Lakers
3:20 What’s next for the Lakers?
4:15 Is the ‘3-star’ approach the right way to win a title?
6:55 Were Bulls even close to trading Zach LaVine? Would a trade for Ball have been a positive?
10:45 On the best type of point guard to pair with LaVine and rumors on Darius Garland
14:08 Would Coby White be a good fit for the Bulls?
16:55 On the potential wings available at 7
18:50 Perdue on Reddish upside
19:35 Concern over the ‘low-motor’ red flag with Reddish, are Bulls able to take a risk?
22:30 On finding a point guard in free agency
24:10 Predictions for Bulls at 7
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Bulls Talk Podcast
In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.
It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.
Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.
All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.
That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.
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