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Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland will sit out Thursday against the Minnesota Wild

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Jonathan Toews will miss another game.

Coach Joel Quenneville ruled Toews out for the Blackhawks' game Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. against the Wild as he continues to recover from his concussion.

"We just talked about it," Quenneville said Wednesday after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "He's going to come on the trip but we're going to rule him out for tomorrow. It's all part of the process."

Toews took part in another full practice but didn't skate on a line or work on the power play. He will miss his 21st consecutive game. He last played Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues.

Toews is excited to be joining the Hawks on the road trip after staying at home for other road games. Quenneville did say that he could play Saturday against the Red Wings in Detroit.

"It's step one," Toews said Wednesday. "I'll take that. It's better than staying home and sitting around by myself. ... It's not fun to be home, watching games on TV in my living room and the guys go on the road and live together all the time. I miss a lot. Now, I feel like I'm a little bit closer to being in the picture again. It's better than nothing. Hopefully, it means I'll be playing soon."

But Toews is better off he plays it safe. He's not 100 percent quite yet.

"There are still signs of a concussion lingering and you know when that's completely gone I'll be playing," Toews said.

Other injury news

Center Dave Bolland also will miss Thursday's game with an upper-body injury. Quenneville said he's day-to-day and that the injury is not serious or a long-term ailment.

Veteran Brendan Morrison is expected to take his spot on the third line between Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell. Quenneville said there was no defining blow that led to Bolland's injury. He may play Saturday against Detroit.

Left wing Andrew Brunette (right foot) is questionable for the game Thursday. Brunette, who missed the Hawks' game Sunday against the Wild, said he's been playing through the injury for some time.

Brunette did practice Wednesday, skating on the first line with Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane.

"It felt good to be skating," Brunette said. "I needed a couple days to heal up a little bit."

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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