Andrew Shaw was out sick Sunday but coach Joel Quenneville is “optimistic” he’ll play Monday. He wasn’t quite as optimistic that Marian Hossa would play when the Blackhawks host the L.A. Kings Monday night at the United Center.
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Shaw was the surprise absence at Sunday’s practice, but there’s a chance he’ll be ready to go Monday night. Hossa, however, did not practice again on Sunday and is likely out for the game. Quenneville said Friday that Hossa (upper body) was doubtful for the game, so Sunday’s news wasn’t a huge surprise.
Michael Frolik was on the Blackhawks’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad on Sunday, and Quenneville said Frolik’s likely to start there Monday. Frolik has once again struggled on offense but has been strong on defense and as part of the Blackhawks’ penalty kill.
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“Fro’s playing well and that line’s been effective for us,” Quenneville said. “We’ll give him an opportunity to play up a couple of spots. We’ll see how it goes.”
Corey Crawford will get the start Monday vs. the Kings. Given the back-to-backs, Ray Emery’s likely to start against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
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Patrick Sharp skated on his own again on Sunday. Quenneville, regarding Sharp’s return date, said, “I don’t want to give you a number, but he’s not too far away.”