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Hjalmarsson out vs. Blues; 'encouraging' day for Toews

Jonathan ToewsJoel QuennevilleNiklas HjalmarssonSt. Louis BluesChicago BlackhawksRay EmeryJaroslav Halak

ST. LOUIS -- Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will miss his fifth consecutive game when the Chicago Blackhawks face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Hjalmarsson hasn't played since Feb. 23 due to a suspected concussion and has been on the Hawks' three-game road trip and practicing with the team.

"(Hjalmarsson) is going to be out for (Tuesday) but he's still progressing," coach Joel Quenneville said following Monday's practice at Scottrade Center. "He's getting real close. We have three extra days going into Friday (vs. the Rangers)."

Meanwhile, Quenneville said captain Jonathan Toews, who will sit out his eighth game in a row with a suspected concussion, "had a good day off the ice (in Chicago). He worked and he's fine."

Quenneville added that the team is "hopeful that it's soon" that Toews begins skating before adding:"I can't give you a date. (Monday) was encouraging."

When asked if Toews' current condition had anything to do with his Feb. 23 car crash, Quenneville vehemently replied: "I don't think it has anything to do with where we're at."

One-timer: Ray Emery will make his third consecutive start in goal when the Hawks face the Blues. The veteran will be opposed by Jaroslav Halak.

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