Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews came down with the flu overnight, according to coach Joel Quenneville, and did not participate in Friday afternoon's practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.
His status for Saturday's season-opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings is in doubt. But Quenneville was optimistic.
"There's good enough progress today that we anticipate him playing," he said.
Brandon Saad skated in Toews' place between Marian Hossa and Daniel Carcillo on the top line during Friday's skate, but Quenneville said not to read too much into that.
"That's something we haven't even talked about yet," he said. "We're hoping we don't have to go to Plan B."
Quenneville said Toews was "fine" on the flight Thursday night, but there's an obvious concern that if Toews had the flu bug on the plane that it could spread among the team. Marcus Kruger missed two days of the five-day training camp with the flu, as the Hawks took extra precaution to quarantine him from the rest of the team.
"Opening day [of camp] we mentioned what's going on this year around the country, so let's take care of that," Quenneville said. "I've been around it where it's devastated a team. It's something you've got to be careful about this year because there's so many games in not so many days. [It] could really be disruptive."