CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have returned one of their two injured stars to the ice, and the other isn’t too far behind.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane skated for the second and third times on Saturday and Sunday since suffering a lower-body injury on March 19, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. Kane began skating again on Friday.
“[He skated today] and yesterday, and he did very well,” Quenneville said prior to playing the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Kane has missed eight games due to the injury and will be out the team’s remaining four regular-season games. He is expected to return for the playoffs.
Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews might be joining Kane on the ice soon. Quenneville said Toews could begin skating later this week for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on March 30. Toews has missed two games due to the injury and will also be out for the remainder of the regular season. He is expected to be back for the playoffs.
“We’re in no hurry,” Quenneville said of Toews. “We want to give him a break. I would say towards later in the week [he will skate.]”
The Blackhawks are 2-0-0 without Kane and Toews this season. The Blackhawks had been without the two players in the same game only once in the last seven seasons prior to this season. Kane is second on the team with 69 points and Toews is third with 68 points this season.