Andrew Shaw will play but Marian Hossa will not as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the United Center.
Shaw was out ill from Sunday’s practice and did not participate in this morning’s skate. But that turned out to just be some extra off time, as coach Joel Quenneville pronounced Shaw “good to go” for tonight.
Hossa (upper body), however, is still out. Quenneville said the right wing has not been on the ice the last few days, and is also probably doubtful tomorrow night’s game against the Calgary Flames. Quenneville still deems the injury not serious and said “hopefully by the weekend (Hossa) will be playing.”
Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Jamal Mayers are likely making up the Blackhawks’ fourth line tonight. Michal Rozsival is also expected to play.
The Blackhawks won their two previous games against the Kings, including that Jan. 19 season opener that spoiled the Kings’ banner-raising ceremony. The Kings are 3-2-0 in their last five, suffering two consecutive shutout losses heading into tonight (2-0 to the Dallas Stars and 1-0 to the Vancouver Canucks). Tonight begins a five-game road trip for the Kings, who Quenneville said the Blackhawks have to be wary of at all times.
“We have to make sure we bring our energy, pace and speed. It should be a hard game tonight,” he said. “They’ve improved since the start of the season. They play a hard game, keep it simple and they attack. That’s what we expect. We want to reinforce that we need to take a simple approach.”