Being back on the road with the Blackhawks for the first time in weeks, Jonathan Toews said he felt "closer to being in the picture again" as he continues his fight back from a concussion.

But Toews won't play against the Minnesota Wild Thursday, and that's actually a good thing if his symptoms are "lingering" as he said after practicing Wednesday.

"There's still signs of the concussion lingering and, when that's completely gone, I'll be comfortable playing," said Toews, who will miss his 21st consecutive game.

Toews hasn't been ruled out for the regular-season finale Saturday in Detroit. The hope is that he will play in that game with the playoffs next.