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.
The Blackhawks went 9-1 in February and did so in emphatic fashion.
The Blackhawks outscored their opponents 44-24 in the month and scored four goals or more in each of the nine wins. The only loss came after the team's bye week, a 3-1 loss at home to Edmonton seven days after winning 5-1 in Edmonton.
A big reason for the Blackhawks' recent surge is because of the production of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Toews scored seven goals and had 11 assists in February and was named the league's second star of the week this week. Patrick Kane had nine goals and seven assists.
Scott Darling went 3-0 in his starts and gave up just four goals in those games. Corey Crawford went 6-1 with a 2.71 goals against average.
Despite the Blackhawks' success in February, the Minnesota Wild still lead the division. The Blackhawks beat the Wild twice in February, but the Wild went 7-2 in the rest of February, including tonight's 5-4 overtime win against the LA Kings to sit three points ahead of the Blackhawks and still with two games in hand.
Watch the video above to see Pat Boyle break down these Blackhawks numbers.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Tracey Myers and they discuss the Blackhawks impressive 9-1 month of February. Plus, why the offensive surge for Jonathan Toews?
They also discuss the maturation of Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz this season. What should we expect from Tomas Jurco and will Stan Bowman add a veteran blue liner before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.
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