OTTAWA, Ontario -- As the Blackhawks prepared for the Ottawa Senators Friday morning at Scotiabank Place, center Jonathan Toews and Steve Montador took steps closer to returning to the lineup miles away in Chicago.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews (suspected concussion symptoms) took part in more off-ice workouts in Chicago. He will miss his sixth game in a row Friday when the Hawks face the Senators.
Since Toews is yet to resume skating, it's still unlikely he joins the Hawks on their three-game road trip with tough games remaining in Detroit and St. Louis.
"Right now, I don't want to get anybody excited," Quenneville said. "So we'll just say, 'We'll see.' We're hopeful. To give you a better idea, until we get him on the ice, we'll know more."
Montador, who also is out with a suspected concussion, skated Friday in Chicago. He's missed 11 games in a row since getting hurt Feb. 7 at Colorado. But Quenneville said it's "doubtful" that Montador joins the Hawks on the trip.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion symptoms) will sit out against the Senators, but it's possible he'll return in Detroit on Sunday. Hjalmarsson traveled with the Hawks to Ottawa and had a long practice on Friday. He's missed 10 of the last 11 games.
"Nik could be," Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow. He felt good today. He's progressing really well."