No Toews, Hjalmarsson on trip for Blackhawks

TravelNiklas HjalmarssonJonathan ToewsJoel QuennevilleChicago BlackhawksUnited CenterColorado Avalanche

The Chicago Blackhawks will be shorthanded for this weekend's two-game West Coast trip.

Captain Jonathan Toews and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson did not make the trip with teammates on the charter to Los Angeles on Friday and will not play in back-to-back games beginning Saturday evening against the Kings and concluding Sunday evening against the Ducks in Anaheim.

Toews has missed two consecutive games with an upper-body injury that could be the result of concussion symptoms. The captain was also in a minor traffic accident Thursday morning en route to the United Center.

After the Hawks' 3-1 loss to the Stars on Thursday night, coach Joel Quenneville said, "Nothing’s changed (with Toews), he’s fine, he was at the game. I haven’t spoken to him (Thursday) but he’s around, he’s doing fine."

Hjalmarsson's absence appears to be a setback from an upper-body injury that kept the blueliner out of seven games in a row before returning against the Stars and playing 16 minutes, 6 seconds.

Quenneville described Hjalmarsson's performance against the Stars as "fine, steady."

Also not making the trip was veteran defenseman Steve Montador, who has missed eight consecutive games with an upper-body injury. On Thursday, Quenneville did not rule out the possibility of Montador not returning this season with the injury suffered Feb. 7 against the Avalanche.

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