Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

It looks like the Chicago Blackhawks won't shake up their top line ahead of Game 5.

That means Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are likely to stay together. The line will be rounded out by Bryan Bickell. The trio wasn't anything special in Game 4, but obviously Kane and Toews have the potential to dominate when they're playing together. Chicago will need a strong performance out of them in Game 5 as they look to avoid elimination.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

Jonathan Toews feels Chicago's 5-2 loss to Los Angeles on Monday can't be blamed on a lack of effort.

Chicago was down 3-0 by the end of the first period and Los Angeles scored a fourth goal in the second period before the Blackhawks finally got on the board. "The guys played really well at times," Toews said. "We had them in their zone. I think when you give up three goals in a period, especially the first period, to a team like that, it gives them energy, gives them confidence in their own building. So we know we can't do that." Los Angeles now has a 3-1 series lead, so the Blackhawks are almost out of chances to turn this series around.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

Jonathan Toews is trying to rally the Blackhawks after they dropped their second straight game.

With their 4-3 loss on Saturday, the Blackhawks are now down 2-1 to Los Angeles in the Western Conference Final. "We know we can find ourselves out of this tough situation," Toews said. "It's not ideal, it's not exactly what we wanted, to go down 2-1. We know what we have to do. We have our work cut out for us. Every game is a must-win. But now the motivation and the reason . is very clear. It's now or never." Chicago is trying to become the first team since Detroit in 1997 and 1998 to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

Jonathan Toews netted two goals but they weren't enough as the Blackhawks fell in Game 3 against the Kings 4-3 on Saturday night.

Toews was his typical excellent playoff self in this game, scoring his first goal of the game shorthanded early in the first and potting his second about eight minutes later. He now has eight goals and 13 points in the playoffs. Patrick Sharp scored with about five seconds left in the game for his third of the postseason. Nick Leddy and Marian Hossa each had assists and finished a team-high plus-two on the night. Patrick Kane and Johnny Oduya ended up with a minus-two rating.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

Jonathan Toews is the "best two-way player in the National Hockey League," according to Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

It's not unusual for the rival coach to pump up his opponents players during a playoff series, either out of respect or an effort to portray his team as the underdogs. Even still, it's interesting that Sutter would make such a statement when his best forward, Anze Kopitar, is a finalist along with Toews for the Selke Trophy, which honors the forward who demonstrates the most skill defensively. Kesler previously won the award in 2011 while Toews took it in 2013.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

Jonathan Toews registered his sixth goal of the postseason, as Chicago took Game 1 of the Western Conference Final by a score of 3-1 against Los Angeles.

He scored on a 3-on-1 rush late in the third period to put the Blackhawks up by two goals. Toews has amassed 11 points in 13 games for Chicago in 2014.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 3 Months

Jonathan Toews scored his league-leading fourth game-winning goal of the playoffs on Sunday night.

His third-period marker gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead. Toews didn't record a point in the team's previous two matches in Minnesota, but he has a point in each contest on home ice in the second round. He has five goals and 10 points in 11 2014 playoff games.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 4 Months

Jonathan Toews recorded his fourth goal of the postseason in Sunday's 4-1 victory against Minnesota.

He followed up on a breakaway by Marian Hossa to open the scoring in the first period. Toews extended his playoff scoring streak to six straight games in the process. The Blackhawks captain has nine points in eight matches during the 2014 postseason.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 4 Months

Jonathan Toews took part in Friday's practice after missing Thursday's skate due to an illness.

Toews should be fine to play in Game 1 on Friday. He had three goals and seven points in six games in the first round.

Jonathan Toews C CHI 4 Months

Jonathan Toews was feeling "a little under the weather," so he didn't skate on Thursday.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews should be ready to play in Game 1 against Minnesota on Friday. The Blackhawks captain had seven points in six games in the first round of the playoffs.