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Emery starts; Sharp, Bolland out

4/6/2013

NASHVILLE -- Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said goaltender Ray Emery would get the start against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

It will be Emery’s 15th start of the season and his first since a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on March 29. That loss dropped Emery’s record to 12-1-0 this season.

Forwards Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland did not travel with the team to Nashville, and Quenneville would not say whether either would be available for the back end of the home-and-home series on Sunday in Chicago.

Sharp will miss his 13th game since sustaining an upper-body injury on March 6 against Colorado. Bolland did not return to Monday night’s game against Nashville after blocking a shot off the stick of Predators defenseman Shea Weber in the first period, but he logged 12:57 of ice time and was a minus-2 in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues. Quenneville expected Marcus Kruger to take over second-line center duties in place of Bolland.

“I think Krugs will probably be in there today,” Quenneville said.

The Predators will also have a slightly different look from the teams’ most recent meeting after trading forward Martin Erat and prospect Michael Latta on Wednesday to the Washington Capitals for forward Filip Forsberg, the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

“Whether it’s (Erat) or any of the forwards, they play the same way,” Quenneville said. “They come at you, they’re relentless, they check well. They’re a tight group, the five guys, they all seem to move together. No matter who’s in or out of those lines and that role, you can expect a hard-working type of team that gets to the net.”