Blackhawks: Marian Hossa doubtful, Andrew Shaw out vs. Coyotes


Blackhawks: Marian Hossa doubtful, Andrew Shaw out vs. Coyotes

Marian Hossa is questionable-to-doubtful and Andrew Shaw will be out when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Hossa suffered what looked to be a left leg injury in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins. He left in the third period and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville deemed Hossa, “questionable, maybe doubtful” for tomorrow. Quenneville added that didn’t look good when Hossa was first injured but the right wing was “not bad today,” and should play again before the regular season ends.

“A lot of relief,” Quenneville said on what he felt on Hossa’s post-game diagnosis. “The way he went off, it didn’t look good. Initially we were concerned but the news wasn’t so bad afterward.”

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Shaw was already ruled out of Tuesday’s game with an upper-body sustained against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Asked if Shaw will play in one or both of the final regular-season games, Quenneville said, “we’ll see on him this week.”

Scott Darling will get the start vs. the Coyotes.

Meanwhile, Corey Crawford did not skate on Monday; nobody did, as the Blackhawks just had off-ice workouts. Quenneville said Crawford is “doing fine,” and is still hopeful Crawford plays the final regular-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

After staying out of the public eye since his historic emergency relief appearance, Scott Foster emerged in Vegas at the NHL Awards and it was perfect. 

The 36-year-old accountant fittingly presented the Vezina Trophy award for the league's top goaltender and joked that he needed to speed it up because he had to get back to work.

Check him out on stage:

What a moment. And well done, NHL. 

Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in 14:01 of action in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 30.

Nashville Predators netminder Pekke Rinne took home the award, but you can't argue against Foster's 1.000 career save percentage.

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

NHL player comparable: Brent Burns

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.

Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.

The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.