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Schuster: Jonathan Toews on pace for between 40-50 goals

Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck between Marek Zidlicky #3 and Nick Schultz #55 of the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck between Marek Zidlicky #3 and Nick Schultz #55 of the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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By David Schuster

Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw have received a lot of praise lately (and rightly so) but Jonathan Toews has been consistent all season long.

With two more goals Wednesday night the Hawks Captain now has 26 on the season, the 2nd most in the NHL. He’s on pace for between 40-50 goals but that seems to be about the last thing on his mind, “The goals I’ve scored lately have been anything but pretty. I’m just trying to make the right plays when I get the chance. I’m not thinking about what’s going to happen at the end of 82 games yet”.

At different times various players on the Hawks have picked up the slack. Patrick Sharp was hot prior to breaking his wrist, Marion Hossa has had his flashes and most recently the youngsters, Hayes and Shaw. But Toews has been Mr. consistency and Joel Quenville certainly has noticed, ” You never want to over look Toews. Game in and game out he plays all the quality minutes and not only scores the big goals but also does all the other little things that help you win games”.

And if he keeps scoring at this pace on top of doing those little things, Toews will be in the conversation for MVP at season’s end.