Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't say that center Jonathan Toews suffered a setback as he recovers from a concussion. But Toews didn't skate for the second consecutive day Tuesday after taking the ice four days in a row and sounding very optimistic about his return.
"He's here. He's getting treatments," Quenneville said Tuesday after the Hawks' morning skate at the United Center. "It's part of the process. Some days are better than others, but he's knows his body. We'll see how he is. ... Hopefully, we'll get back on the ice [Wednesday]."
Toews had hoped to return Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. But the Hawks' games Friday against the Dallas Stars and Sunday against the Washington Capitals always looked like more realistic options.
Quenneville said he remains hopeful that Toews can return in the next week or so.
"Jonny was excited when he was skating here," Quenneville said. "He's still looking forward to getting back out there. Hopefully, it's going to be soon."
Toews always has been optimistic about his progress. But he also has emphasized that he will be honest with himself and not rush his return.
"I don't think we're at that point where I'm really I'm not going to make a recovery in the next little while," Toews said recently. "It hasn't really crossed my mind to start thinking of the next step and what we might have to do to make sure it heals it properly."
Defenseman Steve Montador, who remains on injured reserve with a concussion, participated in the Hawks' morning skate on Tuesday. But there is still no timetable for his return. He last played on Feb. 7.
"He's progressing," Quenneville said. "He's skated the last few days. It's part of the process with him as well."