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Toews, Hjalmarsson and Sharp sit out practice

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Center Jonathan Toews will miss his 12th game in a row with concussion symptoms when the Blackhawks face the Stars in Dallas on Friday.

Toews did not partake in practice Thursday at Johnny's IceHouse after briefly skating a day earlier. He will not travel with the team to Dallas. He last played on Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues.

"Whether it's a setback or it's part of the process, that's what we're dealing with," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think if we saw him out there, it would be fine. But that's all part of it.

Toews recently skated four days in a row.

"It's a concern. You miss a guy like that. You know you look forward to having him back at some point, but at the same time, you're looking forward. We have to take care of what we can control and that's our next game. We're very hopeful he's going to be on the ice and is going to be playing soon."

Sharp concerns

Forward Patrick Sharp didn't participate in practice, raising concerns that he may have suffered an injury when he was boarded by Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka in the third period of the Hawks' 4-3 shootout win Tuesday.

But Quenneville said he's OK.

"He's fine," Quenneville said. "He was resting."

Hjalmarsson is questionable

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will travel with the Hawks to Dallas and is officially questionable. He left in the second period Tuesday against the Blues.

Quenneville said Hjalmarsson's current upper-body injury is not related to the concussion that had kept him out of the lineup recently.

"I don't think we're talking about the same injury," Quenneville said.

Slap shots

Defenseman Steve Montador (concussion) practiced again on Thursday, but he said he still won't put a timetable on his return. He'll miss his 18th consecutive game on Friday.

Goalie Ray Emery sat out practice with the flu, but Corey Crawford was still scheduled to start in goal against the Stars.

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