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Shaw likely back for ‘Hawks during Western Conference Final

May 15, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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When the Chicago Blackhawks face either the Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, they’ll do it with Andrew Shaw likely back in the lineup.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gave the update on Shaw on Thursday as Tracey Myers of shares. The scrappy forward has been out with a right leg injury since getting hurt during Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

We expect to have him back on the ice this weekend and we’ll get a better determination of when he’ll play,” said Quenneville. “He certainly adds an ingredient you appreciate as a coach and a teammate. He has that relentless competitiveness, some skill offensive and he’s hard to play against. He has a nice set of hands, can take face-offs, can play center and wing. You look forward to getting him back.

While a Game 1 return doesn’t appear likely with Game 1 of the Western Final coming on Sunday in either Anaheim or Chicago, getting him back at all provides a lift.

Joakim Nordstrom took Shaw’s spot in the lineup in the meantime, but with Shaw’s ability to annoy opponents and produce offensively, they’ll get a big lift to have him back against the Ducks or Kings.

  1. cfos00 - May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    He’d be a big player to get back, and Shaw has had a really solid year. Our third and fourth lines were trainwrecks against the Wild. I’m looking directly at you, Versteeg. The top 7 forwards are doing their job, but the last lines can’t just get skated off the ice like that and it not hurt the team. Getting Shaw back could really help out.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      To underscore your point, Hawks have 5 of the top 16 points guys in the playoffs – nobody from the 3rd or 4th.

      Hawks have a guy who scored heavily in AHL and when he was a late-season callup – Jereny Morin. But he’s only been in 2 playoff games. Nordstrum has 0 points in 7 games, and is a -4.

      Regular Season – Morin 24 games, 11 points, +/- 5
      Nordstrum 16 games, 3 points, -2

      Both are 6’1″ – Morin is 190, Nordstrum 160. Lets see, who’s likely to fare better against a physical Kings team?

      Common Coach, pretty clear #s.

      I think Nordstrum could use a rest.

  2. slysipops - May 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    pretty good chance that the old fourth line of KRUGER..BOLLIG… and SMITH may get put back together. they were really great for the HAWKS as a unit. GO HAWKS GO !

  3. hockeyornothing - May 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Get Morin in there somewhere Q !!!

  4. comeonnowguys - May 16, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    If I’m not mistaken, Hawks are undefeated when Bollig’s scratched.

  5. jpat2424 - May 16, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Yes would rather see Morin in then Nordstrom.

  6. cheggy1731 - May 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Definately would sit Nordstrom and reunite the 4th line of Smith-Krueger-Bolig, which has maybe been the Hawks steadiest line all year. See the matchups and who’s hot, and choose between Morin – Versteeg -Regin

  7. purpleguy - May 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I can’t believe I read this post — I’m still depressed. Now I gotta watch the Twins.

    • 2difshoe - May 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      @purpleguy….your team gave my team all it could ask for…actually will help us when we face the Ducks or Kings.

      Look forward to the future, Wild are going to be tough.

      Hawks fan

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