The Chicago Blackhawks will once again be without gritty forward Andrew Shaw when their second round series vs. the Minnesota Wild resumes on Friday evening, according to head coach Joel Quenneville.
Shaw, 22, has been out since he took a shot from Clayton Stoner early during Game 1 on May 2 against the boards and skated gingerly off the ice and has not returned to the ice since playing 3:01 in the Blackhawks 5-2 win.
When will Shaw return from his lower-body injury?
“Every guy is different,” Quenneville said following a practice at the United Center. “He’s a very competitive guy. He would have done anything he could to play. We got to tame him a little bit in that regard, so maybe that was what we were talking about at the time.”
Shaw has four points and has averaged 15:54 of ice time during the postseason.The absence of Shaw hurts the Blackhawks because his physical, gritty, agitating style is not well-represented on the team’s roster and it challenges the team’s depth where Jeremy Morin and Kris Versteeg have seen more time on the ice and haven’t fared particularly well, especially Versteeg.
The Blackhawks lead the series 2-1, but are coming off a 4-0 loss in Game 3. You can watch the Blackhawks and Wild on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.
Shaw had 20 goals, 19 assists and a plus-12 rating in the regular season.