The Chicago Blackhawks will embark on their eighth consecutive game without captain Jonathan Toews, who has been shelved with a concussion for nearly a month.

On Feb. 23, Toews crashed his Mercedes into an 'L' support beam. Questions have surfaced if his prolonged injury is related to the car accident.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

‘‘[Toews] had a good day off the ice today,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He worked out and [was] fine. . . . We’re hopeful that [he starts skating] soon. I can’t give you an ideal date, but today is encouraging.’’

Toews originally was out with a classified upper-body injury, believed to be suffered Feb. 10 against the San Jose Sharks. On the day of the car accident, Toews was on his way to the United Center, but not to participate in practice.