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Shaw out for Game 2, Versteeg will return (Updated)

May 4, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

Shaw hit

After sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1 on Friday, Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is questionable when Chicago resumes its series against the Minnesota Wild this afternoon (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC), according to

The Blackhawks would miss mix the blend of skill and grit 22-year-old Shaw brings to the third line if he’s not available, but they do have other options. Kris Versteeg might return to the Blackhawks’ lineup today after missing Chicago’s last two games.

He was a healthy scratch for Game 6 of the first round, but he missed the series opener versus Minnesota for other reasons.

“[Versteeg] was under the weather, so after warm-up we made the change [to rookie Joakim Nordstrom],” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville explained.

Jeremy Morin, 23, is another possibility to take Shaw’s place on the third line. Morin would be making his playoffs debut after recording five goals and 11 points in 24 regular season games.

Update: Shaw will miss the contest and Versteeg is back, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc

  1. endusersolutions2013 - May 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    From one who follows not only this board but also the Yahoo Hawks game threads (and having done so for years, I have a sense of the long term posters who have quality observations), the pretty clear consensus is Morin.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      The reason is Morin is willing to get physical, yet is a proven scorer. And like Shaw, a guy the Hawks need to find a way to keep and promote.

      Handzues’s last year. Versteeg was impacted by the ACL. Morin is the guy with the future.

  2. hockeyornothing - May 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Absolutely! It better be Morin. He more than deserves it!
    Like you said need to keep him!

  3. jpat2424 - May 4, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    If Shaw can’t go. Put in Morin. And if Versteeg is healthy. Take out Nordstrem

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Yes 2 both thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. rgledz - May 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    The picture proves it, dirty hit by Stoner.

    • strictlythedanks - May 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      this is hockey, guy. Stoner stoned him, did he leave his feet a bit? perhaps. but he lead shoulder to shoulder.

  5. mikemj - May 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Would much rather see Morin than Versteeg but maybe being benched will inspire a better game from Versteeg today.

    • slysipops - May 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      maybe , but what does MORIN feel from being left out ?

  6. slysipops - May 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    VERSTEEG has had plenty of chances to step up ….and hasn’t ! put in MORIN and leave NORDSTREM in also ! they stepped up during the key injuries and when the HAWKS needed a big lift ……..REWARD THEM !!!

  7. rgledz - May 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Oh, my bad. I wasn’t aware that you had to leave the ice “a lot” for it to be a penalty, if your leave the ice “a little” it’s okay. Let’s hear your opinion when that same hit happens from Seabrook on Granlund.

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