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Toews not ready to return, status unknown for playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks v San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on February 10, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Jonathan Toews won’t play Saturday in Chicago’s season finale in Chicago, which will make it 22 straight games he’s missed with a concussion.

More importantly, the Blackhawks’ captain is questionable for the playoffs.

“I just don’t feel comfortable that tomorrow is the right day to get back into it,” Toews said today, as per Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Toews says he feels fine off the ice, but the concussion symptoms return on the ice.

Interestingly, Toews has been cleared for contact and says he’s passed NHL concussion protocols.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says the team is just being careful.

“Game 1 in the playoffs is much more meaningful,” Quenneville said, as per “With five more days, let’s side with caution.”


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