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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews to miss the remainder of the regular season

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Originally listed as day-to-day, Jonathan Toews’ injury now appears a little more serious.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday that their captain will miss the rest of the regular season.

Toews’ injury is listed vaguely as an “upper-body “ injury (it’s believed to be to his shoulder); which he suffered in Sunday's game after being hit into the boards hard by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

The injury leaves the Blackhawks without arguably their two best players for the rest of the regular season, as Patrick Kane is also out until the playoffs (leg injury). Both are expected to be “100 percent” by the start of the postseason.

The defending Stanley Cup champions have six regular season games remaining, and currently sit in third place in the Central Division standings. The Blackhawks are three points behind the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the division. Whomever finishes will have home ice advantage in a likely first round matchup.

The Avalanche are also without their first line center for the remainder of the regular season, as Matt Duchene is nursing a knee injury.

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