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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews to sit out against Dallas Stars on Thursday

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The Blackhawks aren't saying much about Jonathan Toews' upper-body injury, but it will keep him out another game Thursday against the Dallas Stars at the United Center.

Toews sat out Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. His injury also is unrelated to the left wrist injury that resulted in him getting placed on injured reserve and missing one game prior to the All-Star break.

"He's progressing," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West on Wednesday.

Asked if Toews is suffering from a concussion or something different, Quenneville said, "We're upper-body and that's where we're at with it."

Quenneville reiterated that Toews is day-to-day with the injury and that "we're hopeful" that he can skate Friday before the team departs for two games in California.

Toews played in -- and finished -- the Hawks' 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues' on Sunday. He was on the ice for 21 minutes, 34 seconds.

"[I'm] not getting too much into specifics," Quenneville said. "I think it was something that we talked about after the game."

Does he consider it serious?

"When you don't have Jonny in your lineup, it's a concern because of the minutes, the importance and the leadership," Quenneville said. "It's always important when your top guy is not there or top players. It's something where we're hopeful he's going to be back quick."

On the defense

Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion-like symptoms) skated for the fourth day in the row and the team is hopeful that he'll play Thursday against the Stars.

There is no change in Steve Montador's injury status. He remains on injured reserve.

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