After being injured on Sunday, the Blackhawks have elected to shut captain Jonathan Toews down for the rest of the regular season.
Chicago sits third in the Central Division with 99 points and have already clinched a playoff spot, so they will sit Toews down and save him for another Stanley Cup run. The Hawks are already without star winger Patrick Kane, so these next two weeks may be difficult, but they should be back at 100 per cent for the post-season.
Right after Sunday’s game, the Blackhawks said that Toews injury was not serious, so they are playing it safe with this injury. Head coach Joel Quenneville said that “there is no chance he would be out” if this was the playoffs. This is obviously great news for the Hawks, but Toews will be tough to replace in fantasy lineups as the fantasy season enters it’s championship weeks.
As mentioned above, Kane is also out with a knee injury he suffered in late March. He is expected to begin skating in the next couple of days. That is another bit of good news for the Hawks, he will have two weeks to try and get ready for a Stanley Cup defense. Kane was last year’s Conn Smythe Trophy winner, so you better believe he wants to be back in the lineup come playoff time.
Click HERE to take a look at the Blackhawks lines without Toews or Kane.