Updated: June 24, 2014 7:46AM
With the luxury of their outstanding depth, the Blackhawks were able to be patient when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane suffered injuries late in the regular season. And they’re doing the same with Andrew Shaw in the playoffs.
Shaw, 22, missed his seventh consecutive game with a lower-body injury Wednesday night. But he’s on target to play in Game 3 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
“He wanted to play, but we felt it was in everybody’s best interest to shoot for [Game 3],” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We want to make sure [with] the way he plays, we want him more than ready. A few more days and a couple more practices, we’ll get him up to speed.”
Shaw has practiced with the team the last two days. But he admitted he’s feeling the effects of being off for nearly three weeks.
“It’s just [a matter of being in] game shape — timing,” he said. “There is no pain, but then again, I’ve missed out on three weeks of skating. It’s tough to come back in the best shape.”
Out of sync
The playoff schedule is generally a challenge. Game 2 of the Kings series was the Hawks’ first 7 p.m. start since April 25 — Game 5 of the Blues series. With an extra day between games early in the series, the Hawks will have played two games in 10 days by Game 3 on Saturday. But they’re used to it.
“It really is different,” Quenneville said. “We try to change things up as much as you can, so the routine doesn’t get boring or monotonous — change up either meetings or practice times, the routine. It makes it a little easier when you do get different game times, different settings, days in between.’’
Hockey takes over
Though Brandon Bollig drew a key roughing penalty off a post-whistle scrum in Game 1, the chippiness that marked the beginning of the Blues series has dissipated.
“There’s not a whole lot of talking going on,” Patrick Sharp said. “There are not a whole lot of scrums and rough stuff after the whistle.
‘‘Both teams know what’s at stake. Taking a bad penalty after a whistle or even during the play is going to hurt you.”