Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is questionable to play against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday because of a lower-body injury he sustained Friday in the opener of their Western Conference Second Round series.
Shaw, who's been playing right wing on the third line, was hit hard in Game 1 by Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner along the boards in the offensive zone at 10:34 of the first period. He finished the shift before hobbling to the bench and heading to the training room.
He did not return to that game, a 5-2 Chicago win, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday that Shaw is questionable for Game 2 on Sunday at United Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN, RDS), but he labeled it a short-term issue.
Shaw's absence would be felt; he's scrappy, has a penchant for scoring big goals, and plays with a lot of emotion.
"If he's going to miss any time, it's going to take a heck of a lot to keep that guy down," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "But that's something we can be conscious of, what [he] brings to the table with his physicality and how he never gives up on plays and is determined. We've got to be thinking of that and bringing part of that if we're going to be playing without guys like him. It's something, as a whole, our entire team has to focus on [in Game 2]."
Shaw has earned the respect of his teammates in a short amount of time by playing through painful injuries the past couple of seasons.
After fracturing ribs in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings, Shaw played in each of the following two series before hoisting the Stanley Cup in Game 6 of the Final in Boston. In that game, Shaw briefly left to get stitches at the corner of his eye and cheek after getting hit in the face with the puck.
Friday, it appeared his right knee collided with Stoner's knee during the legal check.
If Shaw can't play, look for Kris Versteeg or Jeremy Morin to enter the lineup and play right wing on the third line. Versteeg was a late scratch in Game 1 for the second straight game, but this time it was for health reasons instead of a coach's decision.
"[Versteeg] was under the weather, so after warm-up we made the change [to rookie Joakim Nordstrom]," Quenneville said.
Chicago did not practice Saturday at United Center, which has become common practice during off days.
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