Toews will not travel to Europe for the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Blackhawks' captain notched 58 points for the second straight season (21 goals, 37 assists). Toews wasn't good down the stretch though, scoring one goal and one assist in four playoff games, yet finishing with a minus-5 rating.
Toews scored Chicago's lone goal -- a power-play tally -- in Thursday's 4-1 Game 4 loss to the Predators.
Toews had gone 12 playoff games without a goal coming in, and this contribution was too little, too late with Nashville having already established a 3-0 lead in both the series and this game. The captain was far from the only underachieving member of the Blackhawks, who scored just three goals in four games after entering the postseason as the top seed in the Western Conference.
Toews picked up his first goal in nine games in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Toews has 58 points, including 21 goals; his total matches his output from last season. He's a dominant player whose offensive totals will always be somewhat depressed because of his commitment to a two-way game. But big-game Toews will deliver in the postseason at close to a point-per-game. The Hawks could see June, so target Toews in playoff formats.
Toews (rest) won't be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Blackhawks have secured the top seed in the Western Conference, so it makes sense for them to rest key players like Toews instead of risking injury in what are essentially meaningless games. Toews may return to the lineup for Chicago's final regular-season contest Saturday against the Kings, but if he doesn't, he'll be ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs.
Toews' point streak ended at six games Saturday when he was held off the board in a 7-0 loss to Florida.
He had seven points (three goals, four assists) on a six-game streak. Toews finished the game minus-4.