Jonathan Toews missed the final six regular season games as the Chicago Blackhawks went 4-2 without their captain after he took a vicious hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, but the Hawks captain is ready to return to practice Tuesday.
Toews resumed skating last week, but has yet to fully participate with the defending Stanley Cup champions who take on the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the NHL playoffs and he tells Scott Powers of ESPN.com that he hasn’t excited and hasn’t lost anything during the time off.
“[I feel] good, really good,” Toews said after participating in drills with Kane on Monday. “I don’t think you ever want to miss any games, but if you do on the one side you can try and rest up and be as mentally ready for the playoffs as you can.
Toews was third on the team in scoring and the club is also getting back their second-leading scorer Patrick Kane after he missed the final 12 regular-season games with a lower-body injury sustained vs. the Blues on March 19.
“Yeah, I feel pretty good,” Kane said. “I’ve had some time to rest my injury, obviously, the right amount of time, and with anything you want to make sure you’re feeling good coming back. I think that’s where I’m at right now.
The Blackhawks take on the Blues on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET and will have a fully healthy Toews and Kane as they attempt to win their third Cup in the last five years.