Jonathan Toews practiced with the Blackhawks Saturday. It was the first time he took the ice since suffering a right shoulder injury last Tuesday against the Blues.
"It felt pretty good," Toews said. "It's been getting better everyday. So that's obviously a good sign. Just a couple days off definitely makes you want to come back. You go out there and it's fun. It's refreshing just to be back on the ice with the boys. It's only been a couple of days, but it feels a lot longer than that."
It's all good news for the Hawks. Toews will travel with the team to California (the Mom's trip) as scheduled. But it's unlikely that he'll play Sunday against the Ducks. Toews said he'll take it "day-by-day."
Toews was initially ruled out two weeks after Blues winger Matt D'Agostini checked him hard into the boards.
"Obviously, it's not 100 percent," Toews said. "I'm just pretty happy about where it is right now considering what the normal diagnosis is for this injury. It's around two weeks. If it keeps going at this pace, hopefully it will be quicker than that."
Fernando Pisani (flu) also participated in practice after missing the last two games. He's expected to return to the lineup Sunday.
Corey Crawford said he's feel fully recovered from his bout with the flu. He will start against the Ducks.