The Chicago Blackhawks will be without captain Jonathan Toews in the lineup when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the United Center.
Toews did not participate in the Hawks' morning skate and afterward coach Joel Quenneville said the center is out with an upper-body injury that is not related to the wrist injury that forced him to miss a game back on Jan. 24. Quenneville said Toews is "day-to-day" with the injury.
"Johnny is important in a lot of ways, whether it's his leadership or the quality and the quantity of ice time that he's out there for," Quenneville said. "He lead us in a lot of ways. It's up to some other guys to step up and absorb some quality ice (time) and some responsibility and contribute in their ways. Don't try to be Johnny, but be yourself."
Brendan Morrison will replace Toews in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last four games. Morrison centered the top line with wingers Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp during the morning skate.
Toews leads the Hawks with 29 goals and has added 28 assists in 59 games this season.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson skated with teammates but will miss his sixth consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
The Wings will be without leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday morning and is expected to miss two weeks, according to Detroit Free Press.
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