Bolland practices, but won't play vs. Wings

April, 11, 2013
4/11/13
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland practiced Thursday, but will not play against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday due to a foot injury.

Bolland has missed three games with the injury. He took a slap shot off his foot in the first period against the Nashville Predators on April 1 and missed the remainder of the game. He played in the Blackhawks' following game on April 4 and hasn't played since.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful Bolland would return to game action over the weekend. The Blackhawks travel to face the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

"Hopefully, he can (play) on the weekend," Quenneville said after Thursday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "He felt good today. He's really progressed the last couple days off the ice or away from the team. He's looking forward to getting out and getting back in there as well."

Bolland, who has seven goals and seven assists in 30 games this season, said he aggravated the injury on April 4 and has been recovering the last week.

"Things like that happen are always pain in the (butts,)" Bolland said. "You feel like you're ready, and it sort of aggravates it a little bit. It comes with the territory."

Bolland said it has been difficult to miss time and is looking forward to playing again.

"I want to rush back; I want to play," Bolland said. "It's never fun sitting out and watching games or getting skated out there. I think for myself it's coming back when I'm ready and coming back and being prepared to keep the winning atmosphere in this room."

Quenneville had his entire roster practice on Thursday and was eager to get everyone healthy leading into the playoffs.

"It's nice to see everybody out there," Quenneville said. "You can see the competition in practice. The pace was really good as well. Everybody likes playing. We'll have some tough decision as we go along here. Certainly be nice to look at the lines four across that we'd like to try going into the playoffs."
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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