Toews scored his third goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Wild. He's begun the year on a five-game point streak. After posting his lowest goal total in three seasons in 2016-17, Toews has gotten off to a hot start this year, racking up six points through five contests. The top-line center has been reunited with former teammate Brandon Saad and is playing with tons of ferocity that makes him seem destined for a bounce-back campaign. Toews is already an ownable fantasy commodity, but if he returns to his 30-goal potential, that's an even bigger plus for his fantasy owners.
Toews (lower body) participated in line rushes during morning skate, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Thursday's regular-season opener against Pittsburgh, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Toews sustained a minor lower-body injury during the Blackhawks' final exhibition contest, but he was never expected to miss Thursday's game. The 29-year-old pivot will center the Blackhawks' first line and top power-play unit against the Penguins.
Toews (illness) won't play Thursday against Detroit, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. There's no indication that this ailment will keep Toews sidelined for long, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to action Saturday against the Blue Jackets. The 29-year-old pivot focused less on bulking up and more on improving his speed this offseason -- a change that could help him crack the 65-point mark for the first time since 2014-15.
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.
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