Jonathan Toews Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Center's Upper Body and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 30, 2014

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 28: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks hunches over after a loss against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on March 28, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Updates from Thursday, April 17 

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times has the latest on Jonathan Toews:

Updates from Monday, April 14

Tracey Myers of the Comcast Sportsnet Chicago has the latest on Jonathan Toews:


Updates from Wednesday, April 2

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times has the latest on Jonathan Toews:

Head coach Joel Quenneville spoke about who will replace Toews (via the Blackhawks on Twitter and Tracey Myers of the Comcast Sportsnet Chicago):

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Chicago Blackhawks superstar center Jonathan Toews exited Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center with an injury to his upper body.

Judd Sirott of 720 WGN in Chicago reported that Toews would not return to the ice for the rest of the evening:

After the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss, the team's official Twitter account provided an update:

SportsCenter's official Twitter account noted that Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik hit Toews hard and caused him to leave the game:

Two of the key players who have helped the Blackhawks seize the Stanley Cup in two of the past four postseasons are Toews and Patrick Kane. This latest news about Toews is especially discouraging because Kane was placed on long-term injured reserve with a lower-body injury on March 21.

Kane is expected to be back for the playoffs, in which Chicago has already clinched a berth, but whether or not he's 100 percent remains to be seen.

The same goes for Toews after Sunday's health scare. Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review weighed in on the apparently strange scene on the Blackhawks' bench:

With losses in three of the past four games, Toews commented on the team's recent struggles before Sunday's showdown in Pittsburgh, per the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc:

The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 3.2 goals per contest, but will have a far harder time generating scoring chances without the likes of Kane and Toews. Hopefully the 25-year-old captain can return soon to aid Chicago's efforts to improve its postseason seeding.

There are only six games remaining in the regular season, so an injury of any significance to Toews would be a crushing blow for the Blackhawks in their bid to defend Lord Stanley's Cup. Toews is the emotional leader of the club in addition to being an offensive catalyst and viable two-way player. Others can step up to fill the scoring void, but his intangibles can't be compensated for.

One positive that could emerge from this situation—presuming Toews is fit enough for the majority of Chicago's playoff games—is that the adversity coming from Toews and Kane being out could see others rise to the occasion. It's a tall order, but the Blackhawks will have to adjust regardless of the circumstances surrounding Toews moving forward.