The good news is that Jonathan Toews' suspected left arm injury is not serious. The bad news is that he will miss the Blackhawks' game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators and is unlikely to participate in the All-Star game festivities this weekend in Ottawa.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Monday after practice that Toews is "not likely" to participate in the All-Star game Sunday or the skills competition on Saturday.
Toews didn't participate in practice Monday. He left Saturday's game against the Predators in the second period. Toews was slashed over his left wrist and hand by Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Friday. He finished that game, but he held his wrist on the ice and on the bench in noticeable pain.
"We'll get a better assessment after [the All-Star break]," Quenneville said. "When you look at the injury, there is no defining blow."
The Hawks have been without Toews before. Last year, he missed two games with a shoulder injury and he's battled various ailments throughout his career, including a concussion and a sprained knee.
Toews, one of the best two-way players in the league, is on track for his best season in terms of statistics. He is second in the NHL with 27 goals and has 50 points in 49 games.
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