ST. LOUIS -- Jonathan Toews will miss his eighth game in a row when the Blackhawks meet the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on Tuesday.
But coach Joel Quenneville sounded hopeful again when asked about his captain, who has been battling a concussion, after the Hawks practiced Monday in St. Louis.
"[Toews] had a good day off the ice today," Quenneville said. "He worked out and [was] fine."
Did his one-car crash in downtown Chicago on Feb. 23 play a role in his injury status?
"I don't think it has anything to do with where we're at," an adamant Quenneville said.
Is he expected on the ice soon?
"To say soon, we're hopeful that it's soon," Quenneville said. "I can't give you an ideal date, but today is encouraging."
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion symptoms) also will sit out Tuesday's game against the Blues. The Hawks are being cautious with Hjalmarsson, who is on the trip, after his symptoms returned Feb. 23 against the Dallas Stars.
"He's getting real close," Quenneville said. "We have three extra days going into Friday [against the New York Rangers at the United Center]. We'll see."