Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed the last 20 minutes of his team's Game 5 victory on Saturday. Of course, no one is going into much detail as to the extent of the injury. As per the secretive nature of the NHL injury report, we aren't even sure what the problem is.
Good luck getting details from the 'Hawks. All we know is that coach Joel Quenneville was optimistic that Toews could see action in Game 6. Whether the area of concern is his shoulders, head or elsewhere, I imagine that Toews will play if he can and sit if he is required to.
It would be great to see Toews in the lineup Monday night when Chicago and the Boston Bruins square off in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The big question is how Quenneville would choose to fill the spot vacated in the event that Toews is not able to go.
No matter what player is tapped for that role, Chicago loses one of the game's best two-way centers. All the 'Hawks can do is dress a player who can add something to the mix.
Quenneville could bring in another center from his reserves. He could also move one of his current skaters (Patrick Sharp, anyone?) to the middle and go with an extra wing.
With that in mind, here are some names that could factor into Game 6 if Quenneville has to replace Toews. Hopefully he'll allow them a warm-up.