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Slow going for Toews, Seabrook
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/26/2009 10:26 PM

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Concussions are tricky things as the Blackhawks are finding out with Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook.

Toews and Seabrook missed their second straight game Monday as a result of the concussion-like symptoms they suffered from hits last week against Vancouver.

While coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful one or both of his stars can return later this week, it sounded as if Toews and Seabrook weren't progressing as well Monday as the team said they were over the weekend.

"Right now they're not doing much," Quenneville said.

Toews and Seabrook must pass physical tests mandated by the NHL for concussions before they can play again.

"Both days (Saturday and Monday) we came in here game day with a chance of them playing," Quenneville said. "(Sunday) we felt that one or two could possibly play.

"Every day is different so we're still on that track with short term and hopefully this week they're ready to go."

The Hawks play at Nashville on Thursday before hosting Montreal on Friday. After that the Hawks don't play again Nov. 5 at Phoenix, so it's possible Toews and Seabrook are shut down for the rest of the week to give them a longer time to recover.

"They'll tell us what to do, how they're feeling, and that's basically where they're at," Quenneville said. "If they were ready to go, they'd be going."

Today is a schedule day off for the team.

"We'll skate Wednesday and see," Quenneville said. "We'd like to get them on the ice before we play them."

Next time: Those fans wanting to compare the Hawks with Marian Hossa as opposed to Martin Havlat must wait until the next game against Minnesota on Jan. 4.

Havlat made his first regular season United Center appearance since leaving as a free agent on Monday. The Hawks won't get Hossa in their lineup from shoulder surgery until late November.

"He was really good for us last year in all aspects of what he contributions were to his team and his teammates," Joel Quenneville said of Havlat. "He's going to help them, but at the same time I think Hossa is gong to help us in a significant way as well.

"We don't get to appreciate him right now, but over the course of the season I'm sure we'll enjoy him being a part of our team."