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.
Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.
The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.
Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.
After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."
Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.