Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is one step closer to returning from his concussion. Toews is set to be cleared for contact as soon as Thursday afternoon.
"I'm not sure if it's official yet, but probably; if it's not [Thursday], it will be soon though," Toews said.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews should endure contact in the next few days. Toews, though, will miss this weekend's games against the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild.
Toews will miss his18th game in a row when the Hawks host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. He's skated 10 days in a row and was the last one off the ice at the Hawks' morning skate.
"I'm tired at this moment, but [I feel] very good," Toews said. "I always like to say, everyday I'm getting more and more confident with where I'm at. I guess today would be one of those days. I'm getting very, very close.
"I think getting to this point and not playing has probably been the toughest thing to do. But at the same time, it's [staying] smart and definitely [taking] a few more days to kind of see how it goes through this weekend, and we'll see where we're at next week.
"But right now, like I said, I'm feeling great. I just have to get those legs going and try to get myself back to being as close to game shape as I can."
The news, though, wasn't as good for defenseman Steve Montador. He's out indefinitely after his concussion symptoms apparently returned after playing on the fourth line Tuesday in New Jersey against the Devils.
Montador, who missed 22 consecutive games before playing against the Devils, took an inadvertent elbow to the head from defenseman Mark Fayne. Montador was crashing the net and was bent over when he ran into Fayne. Montador played only 4 minutes, 20 seconds against the Devils.