Hawks captain Jonathan Toews will be out two weeks with a shoulder injury suffered Tuesday night against the Blues.
The Hawks feel fortunate it's not a long-term injury. But any injury to Toews is bad news despite the severity. The Hawks are looking at playing seven games without Toews.
"No matter who it is you have to deal with it," coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday after practice at the United Center. "We've lost some key guys and got through some pretty key games. ... It's up to us to find ways.
"Certainly, Jonny is a big piece and a key guy. We've lost [Hossa], [Kane] and valuable ice time. Jonny means a lot in a lot of other ways as well. We've got a good group of guys [who can absorb] some of that leadership responsibility. It can be shared throughout the lineup."
Toews was checked hard into the boards by Blues winger Matt D'Agostini with seven minutes left in the first period of an ugly 3-1 loss Tuesday in St. Louis. He got up holding his right shoulder and slowly made his way to the bench.
It comes at a bad time for the Hawks, who are in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference playoff race. Marian Hossa (lower) and Patrick Kane (ankle) had just returned to the lineup from their injuries.
Toews has had injuries in the past, including a concussion and a sprained knee.