Jonathan Toews will be in the lineup for the first time in two months on Thursday night when the Chicago Blackhawks hit the desert ice to take on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Toews announced the news to the media at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix.
Chicago's captain has been out since Feb. 19 with a head injury, a total of 22 games missed. He'll be on a scary-good line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa in Game 1, and while he might not be 100 percent in shape when it comes to conditioning and game awareness after missing so much time, there's no doubt that line will be expected to generate plenty of offense on Thursday night against the defensively strong Coyotes.
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