Andrew Shaw skated on Saturday morning but he will be out on Sunday when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.
Shaw skated for the first time since sustaining a right-leg injury against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of that second-round series. Asked if Shaw could return sooner rather than later, coach Joel Quenneville said, “it’ll be sooner, but he’s not playing (on Sunday).”
With Shaw’s absence, the Blackhawks skated the same lines as Thursday’s practice. Jonathan Toews centered Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus centered Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, Peter Regin centered the third group of Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg and the regular-season fourth line of Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith were together again.
Michal Rozsival was scratched the final two games of the Blackhawks-Wild series; he had a tough Game 4 and was replaced by Sheldon Brookbank, who filled the third pairing with Nick Leddy. Quenneville, however, said Rozsival could play again this postseason.
“(Rozsival) is one of those guys, experience-wise, you like him in your lineup; defensively sound, offensively has good patience and play recognition,” Quenneville said. “He gives you a good intangible you like to see, and he could play.”
The Kings hit the ice in the Los Angeles area before they flew to Chicago, a bit of a surprise considering they’re coming off their second consecutive seven-game series. But the Blackhawks aren’t going to assume the Kings are a tired bunch as much as they are a motivated one.
“I can't really speak to what they're going through. For us, it's a similar situation to the first round; we had a couple days off, got a chance to watch our opponent play,” Patrick Sharp said. “I think the days off helps every team this time of year to get some rest. It allows you to prepare for your opponent. At the end of the day, once that puck drops tomorrow, I think both teams are going to be ready to play.”