As the lengthy wait to find out Andrew Shaws status for tonights game continues, Phoenix goaltender Mike Smiths status is suddenly up in the air.
Smith is a game-time decision, according to Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, as the Blackhawks wait and see if they will or will not have Shaw in the lineup when they host Phoenix in Game 3 tonight.
Shaw had his hearing with the NHL on Monday afternoon, but the league still hasnt released anything official regarding a ruling. Both Shaw and Smith skated with their respective teams this morning, and in Smiths case, it appeared that meant he was good to go for tonight. But Tippett said he and Martin Hanzal are game-time decisions.
Most of the questions for Tippett revolved around Smith, who was not available for comment this morning due to extreme circumstances, according to Phoenix media relations. Smith also didnt practice on Monday in Scottsdale, but Tippett wouldnt say why he didnt.
Its just our prerogative, Tippett said. Whether its an injury or a rest day, we dont have to tell everyone why a player practices or doesnt.
As for his thoughts on the hit, Tippetts havent changed from what he said after the game.
Its a blatant hit to the head, there was no intent to miss the goalie, he said. Ive gone through a lot of these meeting with the NHL, and its the exact same hit theyre trying to take out of the game.
Still, he wasnt concerned about the ruling on Shaw.
The leagues dealing with that, he said. We know theres probably some long, hard thought to it. Were worried about getting our players up and going.
The Coyotes soon said they would take no more questions regarding Smith and Shaw, and the press conference ended shortly after.
Quenneville said the Blackhawks will make the necessary changes if Shaw is ruled out. He didnt know why the decision was still pending.
Theyre evaluating all the factors being considered right now and Im not part of all those factors, he said. Im not sure of all the scenarios. Every case is different.
Shaw said hes just waiting for the news. So are the rest of the Blackhawks, and some wonder why its taken this long.
There should be some kind of protocol, a deadline, said Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers. A guys got to prepare for a game and shouldnt have to worry about that. The decision should have been made last night. Let him have the time to get ready for the game.
If Shaw is out, the Blackhawks will miss what hes provided.
You lose a lot of energy (without him), Mayers said. Im sure the other team has to be aware where he is; hes not afraid to go to those tough areas. Hes been chipping in, in a lot of areas for us.