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No Toews, Hjalmarsson on trip for Blackhawks

The

Chicago Blackhawks

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

Captain

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Jonathan Toews
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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

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Kings
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and concluding Sunday evening against the

Ducks

in Anaheim.

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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

.

Twitter @ChrisKuc

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