Andrew Shaw is out today and Kris Versteeg is likely back in when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their second-round series on Sunday.
Shaw suffered an apparent right-leg injury when he was hit by Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner in the first period of Game 1 on Friday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said Shaw, who’s listed as day-to-day, will travel to Minnesota and will likely play in Game 3.
Versteeg was a late scratch due to illness on Friday.
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When asked who will specifically take Shaw’s place in the lineup, Quenneville didn’t specify. Joakim Nordstrom has played the last two games, however, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he plays again today.
Ilya Bryzgalov will start for the Minnesota Wild. Coach Mike Yeo said John Curry will be the backup.
The Blackhawks pulled away late against the Wild in Game 1 but didn’t have the strongest second period or start to the third. Quenneville said they want to avoid that today.
“You have to defend, and how we defend is important as well. Sometimes we lead to playing too much in our own end based on what we’re trying to do with the puck and if we’re simpler with it, we can advance it more neatly and cleanly, and get more offensive zone time,” Quenneville said. “Let’s anticipate some shifts in our own end and make sure we’re better defending the rush than we were the other day.”