LOS ANGELES -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had some encouraging news to deliver about his injured players -- notably center Jonathan Toews -- Saturday at Staples Center.
Quenneville said it's possible that Toews and defenseman Nikas Hjalmarsson may return to the Hawks' lineup for their home game Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both players are thought to be suffering from concussion symptoms.
Neither Toews nor Hjalmarsson traveled with the Hawks to California for back-to-back games against the Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
Quenneville, though, also said Toews, who was involved in a one-car crash on Thursday en route to the United Center, hasn't resumed skating. It's hoped that both Toews and Hjalmarsson will be able to take the ice when the team returns from California.
"[Toews is] progressing," Quenneville said. "He's on the same pace that he was at before."
Hjalmarsson missed seven games with concussion symptoms, and Quenneville said Hjalmarsson's current ailment is related. The defenseman returned Thursday against the Dallas Stars and played 16 minutes, 6 seconds.
"Coming out of the game, it's not bad," Quenneville said. "Hopefully when we get back [from California], he'll be back on the ice with us and maybe even looking at [playing on] Wednesday."
The status of defenseman Steve Montador (upper-body) continues to sound more ominous than that of Toews or Hjalmarsson. He missed his ninth game in a row since being injured Feb. 7 against the Colorado Avalanche.
As of Saturday, Quenneville said the Hawks have not considered putting Montador on long-term injured reserve (a minimum of 24 days and 10 games). But that "it could be an option later" with the trade deadline Monday afternoon. Montador will miss his 10th game in a row Sunday when the Hawks face the Ducks.