Andrew Shaw is expected to play on Saturday when the Blackhawks face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

Shaw was close to returning for Game 2 but the Blackhawks erred on the side of caution. There's no doubt they'll welcome his return.

"He has an element you appreciate," coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday before the team departed for Los Angeles. "He's abrasive and he has the right attitude. It's exciting getting him back tomorrow."

Who comes out of the lineup isn't known at the moment. The Blackhawks will practice tomorrow, and the answer will likely present itself in the line combinations.