(CBS) Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville expects injured forward Andrew Shaw to return to the ice this weekend, but his status for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday remains uncertain.
Shaw missed the final five games of Chicago’s second-round series against Minnesota with a lower-body injury that he suffered in Game 1. He didn’t participate in Thursday’s practice that the Blackhawks held after having a day off Wednesday.
“He certainly adds an ingredient you appreciate as a coach and a teammate,” Quenneville said. “Has that relentless competitiveness, some skill offensive and he’s hard to play against. Nice set of hands, can take faceoffs, play center, wing. You look forward to getting him back. We expect to have him back on the ice this weekend, and we’ll get a better determination of when he’ll play.”
The Blackhawks open the conference finals Sunday at 2 p.m. against either the Ducks or Kings, who play Game 7 of their second-round series Friday night.