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BLOG: Toews, Kubalik Join Phase 2 Voluntary Skates

Captain Serious and the league's leading rookie goal scorer are back on the ice during Phase 2 at Fifth Third Arena

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Captain Serious and the league's leading rookie goal scorer are back in action. 

Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik, second and third in team scoring at the season's pause, have joined the large group of Blackhawks skating in voluntary sessions at Fifth Third Arena during Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play plan.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: O Captain! @JonathanToews was spotted at voluntary practice today 👀@FifthThird | #Blackhawks

Toews was on pace to eclipse the 70-point mark for just the third time in his career, following a career-best 81 points a year ago. The captain played in all 70 of Chicago's regular season contests and his 60 points (18G, 42A) trailed only Patrick Kane's 84 on the team. Toews' 57.3 percent success rate on faceoffs led the team and is tied for third in the NHL for centermen (min. 1,000 faceoffs).

Kubalik paced all NHL rookies with 30 goals in 68 games, 10 more tallies than Buffalo's Victor Olofsson. He's the first Czech-born player to lead rookies in goals and just the third ever to reach 30-goal mark in a season (Petr Klima, 32 in 1985-86 and Petr Prucha, 30 in 2005-06). Kubalik finished third in overall rookie scoring with 46 points behind Vancouver's Quinn Hughes (53) Colorado's Cale Makar (50).

Both figure to play key roles offensively as the Blackhawks get set to face the Edmonton Oilers in a best-of-five Qualifying Round series for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the NHL returns to action in the coming weeks. 

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