Andrew Shaw is making progress, coach Joel Quenneville said, but the forward is unlikely to play on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their second-round series.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will wait and see if they’re down another forward. Brandon Bollig will have a hearing today for his hit on Minnesota’s Keith Ballard in the second period of Game 4. The league announced the hearing is not in person. Grounds considered for supplemental discipline, according to the league, are boarding and checking from behind.
Quenneville did not want to comment on the hit.
“Let the league do what it has to do on that one,” he said.
Shaw hasn’t played since he sustained what appeared to be a right-knee injury in Game 1 of this series. Progress is there, Quenneville said, but it doesn’t sound like enough was made for him to play on Sunday.
“He’s felt better the last couple of days,” he said of Shaw. “It’s an encouraging sign, but I wouldn’t expect him tomorrow.”
Whether or not the Blackhawks made some changes in the lineup isn’t known yet. Defenseman Michal Rozsival had a tough night. Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom played around seven and six minutes, respectively. Bollig played under five minutes.
Kris Versteeg was a healthy scratch again on Friday, but Quenneville said he could be in the lineup again at some point.
“We need Steeger. Steeger gives us some skill,” he said. “With the pace, that’s what we’re looking for: for him to bring some speed and some quickness and directness to his game that can help us.”