Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said on Monday that he is "very confident that he will be back in the lineup on Thursday night for the first game of Chicago's Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Toews, who will turn 24 later this month, has not played since February 19 due to an upper body injury. He was involved in a one-car accident four days later, but that accident is not believed to be the source of the injury. Toews practiced on Chicago's top line on Monday with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, and also practiced as a part of the Blackhawks' top power play unit with Kane, Hossa, Patrick Sharp and defenseman Brent Seabrook.
Toews finished the regular season with 29 goals and 28 assists in 59 games.
--- Daniel Sedin, the Vancouver Canucks' leading scorer, practiced with the team on Monday, suggesting he may be ready to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Sedin has not played since March 21, when he sustained a concussion as a result of being elbowed in the head by Chicago's Duncan Keith.
Sedin leads the team with 30 goals and is second with 67 points despite missing the final nine regular-season games.
---The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed re-signed forward Cody Bass for the Blue Jackets re-sign forward Bass 2012-13 season.
Bass, 25, played in 14 NHL games for Columbus in 2011-12, recording one assist and 32 penalty minutes. He also played 23 games for the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts, scoring five goals and assisting on six more. He suffered a shoulder injury in December that required season-ending surgery.
---With the NHL season over in Winnipeg, the Jets are sending forwards Patrice Cormier and Spencer Machacek back to the St. John's IceCaps, where they'll look to lead Winnipeg's AHL affiliate on a deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Cormier, 21, was scoreless in nine NHL games for the Jets this season, but had 17 goals and 14 assists in 54 AHL games for the IceCaps.
Machacek, 22, played in 13 NHL games for the Jets in 2011-12.
---The Pittsburgh Penguins are planning to erect a video screen in the parking lot of the Epiphany Catholic Church for fans who do not have tickets for the Penguins' playoff games, according to a report by beat writer Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on his Twitter account (@MolinariPG).
The church is located adjacent to the Penguins' home at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Penguins open their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Center.