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Friday, April 26, 2013
Bolland, Emery to sit vs. Flames

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland (lower-body injury) and goaltender Ray Emery (lower body) will miss Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames and are considered day to day, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Quenneville also said neither would travel for Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.


Emery left Wednesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers in the first period due to the injury. He also recently missed two games because of a lower-body injury. He is 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and .922 save percentage this season.

Quenneville has yet to announce whether Emery or Corey Crawford will be the team’s starting goaltender in the playoffs. Crawford is 18-5-5 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

“We’ll make those decisions as we go along here,” Quenneville said after Friday’s morning skate. “Whether we’re pressed to give an answer with Game 40 to go or Game 35 on who’s going to start, a lot of times those decisions are made for us, and you go from there.”

Bolland left Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks in the first period and did not play against the Edmonton Oilers. He has missed 11 games this season due to various injuries. He has seven goals and seven assists in 35 games this season. Quenneville said he expected Bolland to be fine for the playoffs.

Quenneville said Michal Handzus could also play the second-line center role in place of Bolland if needed. Handzus saw ice time on the second line and had three assists in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over the Oilers.

“I think last game we found that, in a trial situation, Handzus played pretty good with those guys,” Quenneville said. “It gives us another option as we go along here. Sometimes you find things out. Sometimes it works in the short term, and sometimes it goes a little longer. But on a need basis, guys take advantage of opportunities, and we’ll see.”

Quenneville also left open the possibility of Handzus replacing Bolland on the second line even if Bolland was healthy.

“Sometimes all those decisions are made for us based on our play or whether we need changes or not,” Quenneville said.