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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Bolland to miss third straight game

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland did not practice Wednesday, and on Thursday he will miss his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said.

"(Bolland) is progressing," Quenneville said after Wednesday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West in preparation for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Blues. "Hopefully, he gets on the ice in the next couple of days there. He's improving every day."

Bolland suffered the injury during the second period of Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks. He did not play in Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and in Monday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Bolland has five goals and two assists in 16 games this season. Marcus Kruger has replaced Bolland on the second line.

Corey Crawford will start in goal Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. He is 8-0-3 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage this season.

Quenneville said Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador, who practiced with the team again on Wednesday, is improving.

"He's progressing," Quenneville said. "He's still not on the roster yet, but the fact is he's out here and practicing. He won't be on the trip (to St. Louis) either. He's skating with (injured center Rostislav Olesz) when we're not practicing together. But he's getting better."

Quenneville did not answer where he expected to place Montador when he returns. The Blackhawks have seven defensemen on the current roster, and they have scratched one defenseman for every game.

"We like decisions like that where we got some depth," Quenneville said. "We feel our organization this year is as deep as it has been. He gives us another option on the back end, but we've been very pleased with how our defense has played to date."

Montador hasn't played in a game since March 27, 2012. He missed time on two separate occasions due to head injuries last season. He had five goals, nine assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-4 in 52 games last season.