CHICAGO — Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the final 18 games of the season, the team announced Saturday morning.
Smith will undergo surgery on his back on Friday, team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a release.
Shaw has been in the NHL’s concussion protocol and hasn’t played since Nov. 30 against the Avalanche.
The Hawks in June traded draft picks to the Canadiens to re-acquire Shaw, a fan favorite known for his toughness and willingness to mix it up with bigger opponents. He had three goals, seven assists and 33 penalty minutes in 26 games this season.
Smith was in his first season with the Hawks after 11 seasons with the Senators. He had four goals and seven assists in 50 games.
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