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As you all know by now, Andrew Shaw has been suspended for 3 games by NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his collision with Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith in Game 2. That’s right folks, Shaw will sit longer than Shea Weber, Matt Carkner and Byron Bitz - all of whom committed offenses far more  harmful to the game than Shaw did. So what did we learn today? Do not, under any circumstance, get close to a goaltender. Why the NHL considers the brains of goaltenders more important than the brains of other players is a question they will have to answer down the road. It’s absurd.

Shanahan, praised by many as the man who would save hockey from itself, has been unacceptably inconsistent with his rulings and is quickly losing credibility all around the league. Have his rulings really been any better than those of Colin Campbell? I’m not so certain anymore. Sure, he has been more transparent with his cute little video explanations, but what good is transparency without consistency? Wasn’t consistency the real problem with Campbell? Shanahan promised to step in and reform a broken system. To date, he has failed.

Anyhow, the Blackhawks have a game to play tonight. Joel Qunneville is playing his cards close to his chest, but one would suspect that Michael Frolik will get reinserted into the lineup tonight in Shaw’s place. Although it wouldn’t totally shock us if Jimmy Hayes got the call instead. There was also some speculation that Dylan Olsen could play tonight in place of Sami Lepisto, who must have personally wronged Quenneville in some way. If Olsen does play, it makes you wonder why Q even bothered with Lepisto in Game 2.

There was no word on what the lines will look like tonight but at practice yesterday Jonathan Toews was skating with Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg while Patrick Kane was in between Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette. Nobody knows who will skate with Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell - but you can safely assume it will be either Marcus Kruger or Frolik. Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks and one presumes that Oscar nominee Mike Smith will get the call for Phoenix.

A win tonight puts the ‘Hawks in the drivers seat. Go get ‘em.