CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will not play against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday and will miss his seventh consecutive game due to a lower-body injury.
"Got to get a few more skates under the belt, coach’s decision," Shaw said after the team's morning skate on Wednesday. "You know a few extra days rest is going to be good in the long run for me.
"I think it’s just game shape, timing. There is no pain. But then again, I’ve missed out on three weeks of skating, so it’s tough to come back in the best shape."
Shaw is optimistic he will be able to play in Game 3 of the series on Saturday.
"Hoping for that," Shaw said. "I feel good out there. The legs are getting back. I’ll just push myself that much harder to get back for Saturday."
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also believes the additional rest will be beneficial for Shaw.
"We want to make sure the way he plays, we want him more than ready," Quenneville said. "A few more days and a couple more practices, we'll get him up to speed. He wanted to play today, but we felt it was in everybody's best interest to shoot for Saturday."
Shaw was injured after taking a hit from Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner in the first period during Game 1 of their second-round series on May 2. Shaw was hit into the boards and fell to the ice before limping off and heading to the dressing room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.
Shaw began skating again by himself late last week and practiced for the first time with the team since the injury on Tuesday.
Shaw has two goals, two assists, a zero rating and has averaged 15:54 of ice time in seven playoff games this season. He had 20 goals, 19 assists and a plus-12 rating in 80 regular-season games.