Blackhawks still targeting Thursday as Toews' return

Blackhawks still targeting Thursday as Toews' return
April 11, 2012, 10:42 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Toews is no longer feeling concussion symptoms on the ice, the ones that kept him out of the final two regular-season games. And while he still wont say hes absolutely playing tomorrow, all signs certainly point to it happening.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks are targeting tomorrow as Toews return, as theyll open their first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes. Toews said Wednesday that hes right there with his recovery, and is itching to play.

Its been another day where I just feel like Im getting back to where I want to be; well see how it goes tomorrow, said Toews. If its tomorrow, Im ready. I dont know if Im going to be as good as I was the last time I did play, but its all about simplifying things out there, going out and playing hard.

So with Toews all but confirmed for tomorrow, that line of he, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa could be a viable threat. Yes, itll be somewhat new territory for Kane at left wing. But the potential to do damage is nevertheless there.

Were hopeful that hes playing; (if so), the upside of that line is going to be high end, Quenneville said. We should have puck possession and a lot of ability tomorrow. For sure, tomorrow, well clarify if hes playing but were optimistic.

Kane said, this is a combination weve never really tried before, maybe a couple times throughout seasons and games we were behind or when Hossa first came back a couple years ago. Itll be different but we just have to work hard, get the puck in their end and work some magic down there. Its going to be fun to play with those guys.