Andrew Shaw will be back in the lineup and the Blackhawks will likely go with the same defensive setup when they face the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 Saturday night at the United Center.
Shaw was skating on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who coach Joel Quenneville put together the last game. Shaw, who served his one-game suspension for a homophobic slur, said it was nerve-wracking watching Game 5.
“Yeah, probably tougher to watch than play, especially in a tight game like that,” said Shaw, who said the last couple of days weren’t easy. “They were tough. But that kind of stuff makes a man stronger. You move on from it and obviously you don’t forget it and you learn from it.”
With Shaw’s return, Brandon Mashinter is likely out of the lineup. Richard Panik, who played on the top line in Game 5, was on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Dale Weise. The second and third lines remained the same as they were in Game 5.
Quenneville said he’ll likely go with the same six defenseman as in Game 5, too. David Rundblad, one of those six, played just under seven minutes in the double-overtime game.
Despite forcing Game 5, the Blackhawks still have their hands full and still face elimination. While the Blackhawks are 14-1 in Game 6s during Quenneville’s tenure here, the Blues won the first two games of this series at the United Center.
“The reason teams have done well on the road, I think it’s because there are so many great teams in this league now. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it but the way we’ve approached the series, it’s been a game-by-game basis,” Kevin Shattenkirk said. “We know how hard of a building this is to win in but we have to just control our emotions, control the momentum swings of the game. That’s what’s made us successful here the last two games.”