The extra days built into the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks could be a blessing for the defending Stanley Cup champions as the Blackhawks are expected to have Andrew Shaw back for Saturday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles after missing all but 3:01 in the second round series vs. the Minnesota Wild.
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said yesterday he expects him to play and Comcast Sportsnet Blackhawks reporter Tracy Myers tweets that Shaw was back on the ice and centering the third line, his customary spot in the lineup.
This is undoubtedly great news for the Blackhawks who went 4-3 without Shaw who scored 20 goals during the regular season and is one of the best at camping out in front of the opposing goalie and is famously one of the best agitators on the ice.
“He’s got an element that you appreciate, his competitiveness,” Quenneville said via Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s got some skills. He’s got some abrasiveness. He’s got the right attitude to find a way to get the job done. Getting him back in the lineup is exciting.”
With Shaw back in the lineup Peter Regin is the odd man out of the lineup.