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Chicago caution: Toews (arm) joins Kane on shelf for remainder of regular season

Apr 2, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews #19 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks talk in a break from Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 21, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime.
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The Chicago Blackhawks will be without the dynamic duo of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for the remainder of the regular season after announcing Toews would be shut down on Wednesday.

“We’re going to be smart and make sure he’ll be 100 percent for the playoffs,” head coach Joel Quenneville said, per CSN Chicago. “We want him rested, ready to play.”

Toews suffered an apparent arm injury on a Brooks Orpik hit during Sunday’s 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh and won’t play the final six games of the year. Kane, who’s been out of action since Mar. 19, was placed on injured reserve two weeks ago with the understanding he’d miss the rest of the regular season as well.

At first glance, it appears the ‘Hawks are simply being cautious with their two stars.

Both Kane and Toews are expected to be healthy and ready to return when the playoffs begin and, while Hockey Cliches 101 says all 82 games are very important, the reality is Chicago has little to play for down the stretch.

The ‘Hawks are on a collision course with Colorado for the opening round, as both are locked into the second and third sports in the Central Division. The only thing really left up for grabs is home-ice advantage, but Colorado has an edge given it’s three points up on Chicago (102 to 99) with a game in hand.

What’s more, the Avs hold a sizable edge in regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker, with 44 to Chicago’s 37.

The ‘Hawks can use these injuries to their advantage, as well.

Shutting down Kane and Toews gives Chicago the chance to 1) rest its two star players, who’ve played a lot of hockey over the last 12 months; 2) give guys like Andrew Shaw bigger roles and more minutes; and 3) get longer looks at some guys from AHL Rockford, like Joakim Nordstrom and Jeremy Morin.

  1. bildomac07 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Hard to speculate being an outsider and not knowing the extent of Kane/Toews injuries, but are these guys going to be ready to go Game 1 100%? Doubtfult in my opinion… Injuries aside they won’t have played a live game in weeks and will no doubt have a bit of rust and take some time to get back to “game shape”.

    • c9castine - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      these guys have each played about 90 games at this point and are among the better players in the league…

      i dont think rust after a few weeks out of game action is going to be a problem at all.

      • bildomac07 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Fair point, both guys have played a ton with a Cup title last season and the Olympics as well so I’m sure a good rest is in order. You do have to wonder if both guys are just going to magically be 100% healthy at the same time as the playoffs begin otherwise I’d have them play a game or two before the playoffs start to shake any (if any) rust off.

      • c9castine - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        i dont think they are expecting them to magically be 100%…just to get them as healthy as possible. if that means 90% its better than how they feel now.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Kane has a sprained MCL. I suspect it is only a grade 1 based on recovery time. If it is a grade 1, 2-4 weeks is the pretty standard recovery period.

      As far as Toews, no one has said what the injury actually is.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        If it’s his shoulder, he might be hurting even while playing in the playoffs. Shoulder injuries take a while to recover from.

    • killerpgh - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      The playoffs start April 16th. If Toews is able to skate/practice before the 1st playoff game this shut down period won’t be any longer than what 85% of the players took off during the Olympics. Toews/Kane are both greatly talented players and if they are healthy I wouldn’t think it would take them more than a few shift in game 1 to be ready. Crosby missed 320 days between games and scored on his 3rd shift (and finished the game with 2 goals and 2 assists). Clearly it not the best case, but I wouldn’t be too worried about Kane/Toews missing 20 or so days as long as the expectation is they will be ready for the playoffs.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        yeah but the players that didn’t play in the olympics weren’t sitting around in casts. they were likely working out the whole time. it’s a bit different when you’re unable to do your workouts.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        ^^^ is there a flaw in my thinking or is that just a bunch of Hawks fans trying to be optimistic?

  2. ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    that doesn’t bode well for their first round matchup vs Avs, most likely. starting a series on the road vs a quick team like them with Toews/Kane rusty. that sounds like the formula to go down 2-0 early in a series.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      And in thin air.

    • slysipops - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      doesn’t seem to matter where they play the AVS…………home and away sucks ! with all of them going well

  3. pats2001 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    surprised he didnt flop after he got up from the hit…kinda like cindy did last night when the ref’s hand bumped into his face. looks like cindy has been hanging out with lebron lately. another day, another example of how embarassing the penguins organization is

    • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      i cried laughing when i watched the clearest representation yet of Crosby’s first instinct upon being touched… to dive.

    • killerpgh - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      • pats2001 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        bahaha…can’t argue the tape on marchand there…all i can say is that was a very short lived phase that no longer happens or is allowed on the bruins. he’s also not exactly the “face of hockey” quite like cindy is

  4. homesbypatrick - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    It’s Teuvo Time! -Ken Jeong

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      –chuckling–

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    The crosby incident happened because the linesman hit him with his whistle. Who knows how bad that hurt, probably not enough to go down that easy. Then again, why go down so easily? Can’t call anything on the official?

    Only Crosby knows..

    • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      again, he has a diving instinct.

      I really wish he’d cut out that part of his game (along with the rest of the players that do it). I try and try and try to respect such a good player like him, regardless of the team he plays for, but he keeps giving me reasons to not like him. I can’t deny that he’s the best hockey player in the world, but I can absolutely disagree when they call him the face of the NHL. the true face of the NHL wouldn’t be a diver, I’m sorry.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        He Is Hockey LeBron. Best in the world, but still flops like a fish when he thinks he can get a call.

  6. hammerhead5573 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Not the worst case scene riot but not the best either. Hopefully he comes back strong. He seemed to be doing better since the Olympics.

  7. hammerhead5573 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    That was supposed to be scenerio not scene riot. Good God.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Scene Riot sounds like a indie band name.

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