What Chicago Blackhawks Need To Win Western Conference Finals

By Josh Brink
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Apr 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) is knocked to the ice by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Shaw return

Andrew Shaw still has not returned to the lineup since his Game 1 exit vs. the Minnesota Wild after suffering a lower body injury from a hard hit against the boards. The team and fans are hopeful that the longer off days will have excelled his healing and he will be able to play in Game 1 but it is still up in the air. Yesterday when questioned about Andrew Shaw, Coach Quenneville said, “We expect to have him back on the ice this weekend and we’ll get a better determination of when he’ll play.” “He certainly adds an ingredient you appreciate as a coach and a teammate. He has that relentless competitiveness, some skill offensive and he’s hard to play against. He has a nice set of hands, can take face-offs, can play center and wing. You look forward to getting him back.” As you can tell Quenneville is about as anxious as everyone else to put him back out there in front of that goalie and use his variety of skills to the Blackhawks advantage. I can see the Blackhawks playing it safe and holding off on Game 1 return to make sure he is 100%. Don’t get me wrong though, if he skates and looks game ready he will be on the bench.

These are just a few of the things that I wanted to touch base on and watch as the series develops. If you have any other thoughts on what the Chicago Blackhawks need to win the Western Conference Finals feel free to leave them in the comments. Keep an eye on that game tonight at 9:00 PM ET on NBCS, TSN, RDS where the L.A. Kings play at the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7. Only one will advance and face the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday at 3 PM ET.!


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