The Chicago Blackhawks have announced that forwards' Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.
Chicago have already guaranteed themselves a playoff berth but sit in fifth place in the Western Conference and could fall further.
Toews and Kane have been instrumental members of the Blackhawks this season and have combined for 57 goals and 80 assists.
Toews sustained his injury on Sunday when he was checked into the boards by Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik.
He left the game with an upper-body injury and was today ruled out for the remaining six games of the regular season. However, coach Joel Quenneville believes Toews will be 100% for the postseason.
The Blackhawks were already without Kane, who had been ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a leg injury.
Both players are expected to feature in the Blackhawks' first playoff game which will likely be against the Colorado Avalanche.
Chicago are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions and will hope that the latest injuries will not affect their quest for a repeat.
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