CHICAGO -- With the luxury of a 2-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville declared injured players Ray Emery and Dave Bolland out for Sunday afternoon's Game 3.
“We’re going to rule them out tomorrow but they skated today and we’ll get a better indication going forward,” Quenneville said Saturday before boarding the team flight.
In the 2011 postseason, Bolland was suffering the effects of a concussion and missed the first three games of a series with the Vancouver Canucks; the Hawks dropped all three contests. He returned for Game 4 and the series ended up going seven games, with Bolland playing a large part in the comeback. They aren’t in as desperate a situation this time around.
“When they say they’re ready then we’ll gauge it from that,” Quenneville said. “Sometimes you have to be smart but we’ll see.”
Both Emery and Bolland are suffering from lower body injuries. Bolland hasn’t played since leaving a game against the Canucks on April 22. Emery has missed the last four games.