CHICAGO -- After looking like he was ready to jump back into the Chicago lineup, 20-goal scorer Andrew Shaw will have to wait to make his Western Conference finals debut.
Shaw practiced with his teammates the last couple of days, but head coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday morning that Shaw wouldn’t play in Game 2 Wednesday night at the United Center.
Shaw has played in only seven postseason games this spring and has two goals and two assists.
Shaw told reporters Wednesday that a few extra days rest won’t hurt. The Blackhawks fly to Los Angeles on Thursday, but Game 3 isn’t until Saturday.
"I have to do what's best for the body,” Shaw said. "I'm young and my career is just starting so you don't want to mess anything up. These three extra days are going to be huge for recovery."
Don’t expect the Kings to make any changes to their Game 1 lineup, even though they trail in the series 1-0. As for the notion that somehow the extra off day between Games 1 and 2 (and another one coming up between Games 2 and 3) benefits the Kings, head coach Darryl Sutter’s not buying it.
“It's not really regrouping,” Sutter said. "We would have preferred to have played yesterday. Once playoffs start, you want to go every other day, if you can."
Amen to that.
Regardless, the Kings have their work cut out for them as the Blackhawks are a perfect 7-0 at home this spring and 18-2 at home dating back to last playoff year. They are the first team to win 18 of 20 home games in the playoffs since the Edmonton Oilers went 18-2 between the 1988 and 1990 postseasons.
“Hopefully, the Los Angeles Kings can beat them once,” Sutter said. "Think they won the Stanley Cup last year because they're not a great home-ice team? Doesn't all of a sudden happen in playoffs. They're historically a great home-ice team."
How it looks for the two teams heading into Wednesday’s tilt.
How it looks for the Los Angeles Kings: