Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings because of an unspecified upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said.
Toews, who leads the Hawks with 29 goals in 59 games, did not participate in Tuesday’s morning skate at the United Center. He is considered day-to-day, Quenneville said.
Quenneville declined to reveal how Toews sustained the injury or any other specifics. Toews’ absence could lead to more ice time for centers Marcus Kruger and Dave Bolland, and recent acquisition Brendan Morrison will return to the lineup after a four-game absence.
“It’s up to some other guys to step up and absorb some quality ice [time] and some responsibility as well,” Quenneville said.
Meanwhile, the Wings will be without star winger Pavel Datsyuk, who reportedly will miss about two weeks as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Datsyuk leads Detroit with 59 points (16 G, 43 A) in 59 games this season.
The Hawks (32-21-7, 71 points) will face off against the Wings (41-17-2, 84 points) at 7 p.m. The Hawks are 1-0-2 against the Wings this season with three games remaining.