Jonathan Toews withdrew from the All-Star Game on Tuesday and was placed on injured reserve, but the Blackhawks remain hopeful their captain can return to the lineup for the next game on Jan. 31 at Vancouver.
“We'll see how he progresses this week, but we said the injury is not serious and it's not,” coach Joel Quenneville said.
General manager Stan Bowman said putting Toews on IR, retroactive to Sunday with an injury to his left arm, was done purely to open a roster spot for rookie center Brandon Pirri to be recalled from Rockford to play in Tuesday's game against Nashville.
Since a player needs to spent only a minimum of seven days on IR, Toews would be eligible to play next week against the Canucks. The Hawks are off for the next six days for the all-star break.
“He should be fine,” Bowman said. “We expect him to be on the road trip and play next week.”
Quenneville said injured winger Patrick Sharp would also make the road trip next week, although there still is no timetable for his return.
Sharp has the cast off his broken left wrist but needs to get his full range of motion back before bring cleared to play.
The NHL named Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell to replace Toews on the all-star roster for Sunday's game in Ottawa.