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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews set to return against Kings

January 3, 2011 | 11:59 am

Toews_300 When Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews injured his right shoulder last week, speculation was rampant that he would miss weeks, if not months.

Come on -- he's a hockey player.

Toews said Monday he will return against the Kings at Staples Center, missing less than a week and only two games.

"Every single day from the first day until [Monday], we saw progress every day," Toews told Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Kuc. "There's always that side of things where you want to push it and you want to try and get back as fast as you can, but I think I can honestly say that I don't feel like there's any risk coming back" on Monday night.

"It feels really good. I hit the ice a couple of times, and I don't think I lost too much, so I can pick up where I left off, I hope."

Toews is the Hawks' second-leading scorer, with 33 points in 38 games.

The Kings didn't skate Monday morning but held some meetings at their El Segundo practice facility.

More from the Hawks-Kings game later at

-- Helene Elliott 

Photo: Jonathan Toews. Credit: Jim Prisching / Associated Press