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Blackhawks F Andrew Shaw out for Game 2 vs. Kings tonight, but expected to play in Game 3
Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will not play in Game 2 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, but is expected to be ready for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Shaw, who has missed the last six playoff games since suffering a lower-body injury in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild on May 2, participated in the Blackhawks’ morning skate Wednesday at the United Center. Though he probably could play, the Hawks are being cautious with his injury.
“We want to make sure [with] the way he plays, we want him more than ready,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Three full days [without a game] and a couple more full practices will get him up to speed. He wanted to play today, but we felt it’s in everybody’s best interest to shoot for Saturday.”
The 22-year-old Shaw of course has been anxious to play since suffering the injury. But he agrees with the Hawks’ strategy of patience. The Hawks are 5-1 since he suffered the injury.
“A few extra days rest is going to be good in the long run for me,” he said after the morning skate. “I have to do what’s best of the body. I’m young and my career is just starting, so you don’t want to mess anything up. These three extra days [before Game 3] are going to be huge for recovery.”
Shaw said the biggest hurdle at this point of his recovery is conditioning and getting used to the speed of playoff games.
“It’s just game shape. Timing,” he said. “There is no pain but then again, i’ve missed out on three weeks of skating. It’s tough to come back in the best shape.
“I feel good out there. The legs are getting back. I’ll just push myself that much harder to get back for Saturday.”