Evans Clinchy
Saturday April 7th, 2012

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is unsure whether he'll be ready for the start of the Western Conference playoffs next week, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Toews is still working to recover from a concussion which has caused him to miss the last 21 games. He's already been ruled out for tomorrow's regular season finale against the Detroit Red Wings; he remains optimistic about playing after that.

"I'm still keeping that confidence and that positive outlook that things are going to go the right way," Toews said at today's practice. "That I will be ready for next week."

"He's made good progress here this week," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Saturday's game is a game that could have gotten some consideration, but you look at it we have four or five full days there. But we like the progress this week. Hopefully he can be ready." Toews has contributed 29 goals and 28 assists this season for the Blackhawks, who currently rank sixth in the West with 99 points. He last played on Feb. 19.

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