Jonathan Toews Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Back and Recovery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 28:  Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 28, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews was placed on injured reserve Friday as he continues to battle a back injury. It is uncertain when he will return to action.

Continue for updates. 

Toews Out vs. Jets

Sunday, Dec. 4

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Toews will not play Sunday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

Quenneville Comments on Toews' Recovery

Friday, Dec. 2

"You've got to be fully recovered and make sure guys are 100 percent before they can play," Quenneville said Friday, per NHL.com's Brian Hedger. "Jonny plays at a certain pace and it's all out, so let's make sure he's more than ready when he's coming back."

Toews Is Model of Consistency for Blackhawks

Toews dealt with a concussion and post-concussion symptoms throughout the second half of the 2011-12 season, which limited him to 59 appearances, but he's been quite healthy since. Specifically, Toews hasn't appeared in fewer than 76 games in each of the past three seasons after he played in 47 of 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

He's also been remarkably consistent. 

Since debuting with the Blackhawks in 2007, Toews has scored at least 20 goals in every season to date. According to Hockey-Reference.com, Jeff Carter, Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane are the only other players to bag 20 goals in every season dating back to 2007. 

Twenty-one games into the 2016-17 season, the three-time All-Star has tallied four goals and eight assists.

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The 2009-10 Conn Smythe and 2012-13 Selke Trophy winner has been arguably Chicago's most important player during Chicago's dynastic run that's included three Stanley Cup titles since 2010, so making sure he's back at full strength before he returns to the ice should be the top priority for the Blackhawks moving forward.


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