Patrick Kane is just like everyone else. He doesn't know when center Jonathan Toews will be ready to return.

"I'm not really sure how long he will be out," Kane said. "I know they are saying day-to-day, so hopefully that's all it is."

Toews, who may have been suffering from concussion symptoms before getting in a car accident on Thursday, didn't travel with the Hawks to California on Friday. So he'll at least miss the next two games against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

As tough as it is not having him in the lineup, giving Toews all the time he needs to recover should be the course of action. The Hawks can't risk having one of the NHL's best players experience a setback because of an early return. The Central Division title is out of reach and the playoffs are still over a month away and that's when the former Conn Smythe winner truly will be needed.

In other words, that probably means more time at center for Kane.

"For me, I'll probably try to play the same way," Kane said. "It's a little bit different. The biggest difference is I probably get the puck in the middle with more speed and get to wind it up a little bit too.

"But you've got to be responsible defensively [and] you've got to win your face-offs. ... Overall, it's not a bad position to play. You get the puck a lot. You get to make plays too."