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Shaw out for Blackhawks in Game 2

by Brian Hedger

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Andrew Shaw on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild at United Center in Game 2 of a Western Conference Second Round series (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN, RDS).

Shaw has a lower-body injury that knocked him out of Game 1 midway through the first period after he absorbed a big hit by Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner along the boards in the offensive zone.

"He's a competitive guy," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We love his style and we like what he brings to our team. He's a hard-working type of guy and [gives a] relentless type of an effort game in and game out. So we'll fill his shoes today and expect him back."

Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Quenneville said Shaw will make the trip to Minnesota and could return for Game 3 at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Veteran forward Kris Versteeg will re-enter the lineup Sunday for Chicago after missing Game 1 with an illness. It's unclear if he'll replace Shaw's spot at right wing on the third line.

Blackhawks rookie forward Joakim Nordstrom has played back-to-back games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at right wing on the fourth line and might get the nod to appear in a third consecutive game. Forward Jeremy Morin is another possibility.

"[I] didn't mind him [in Game 1]" Quenneville said of Nordstrom. "I thought he got better as the game went on. I thought he got a little more comfortable with the game and with the puck as well. You like his speed and you expect him to get better as we go along here."

Here are the projected lineups for Game 2:


Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Matt Moulson - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Justin Fontaine

Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Cody McCormick

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Jonas Brodin

Clayton Stoner - Nate Prosser

Ilya Bryzgalov

John Curry

Scratched: Stephane Veilleux, Mike Rupp, Jon Blum, Keith Ballard

Injured: Darcy Kuemper (upper body), Josh Harding (illness), Niklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery), Jason Zucker (quad)


Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Patrick Sharp - Ben Smith - Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad - Marcus Kruger - Kris Versteeg

Brandon Bollig - Michal Handzus - Joakim Nordstrom

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, Jeremy Morin, Peter Regin, David Rundblad, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Andrew Shaw (lower body)

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