In the 2014-15 NHL season, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed just one regular season game.
The next year, he missed just two.
This season, though, Toews has already missed two of Chicago’s 23 games through the end of November – and as the season draws on, he’s expected to likely miss at least two more.
It was confirmed the weekend after Thanksgiving that Toews would be missing time with an injury, with head coach Joel Quenneville confirming that his absence was indeed due to an injury and not a precautionary measure.
The hope was that he was just day-to-day and would be back by this Tuesday – but unfortunately, that won’t be the case.
Ahead of Chicago’s Tuesday evening game, it was reported that Toews would once again fail to draw into the lineup. He’s also likely to miss the team’s game Thursday, bringing his tally for absences up to four games and counting – and with little information about what’s wrong with him, other than that it’s an upper-body injury and not head related.
Drafted third overall by the Blackhawks in 2006, Toews has been one of the most effective two-way forwards in the NHL throughout his time with the Central Division club. He boasts 255 goals and 576 points through 666 career NHL games (good for third in his draft class behind just Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel) and has a Selke Trophy in his cabinet already. Losing him, as a result, hurts the Blackhawks mightily.
The team currently sits on a 14-6-3 record, good for first in the Central Division. They’ll look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss on Saturday to the Los Angeles Kings when they face the struggling Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at home in Chicago.