Blackhawks' Dave Bolland hurting
COLUMBUS -- With a new injury for the Chicago Blackhawks could come a new set of lineup changes.
Forward Dave Bolland is questionable for Thursday's game after blocking a shot with his right foot in a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday.
"He's day to day," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Wednesday.
Bolland did not practice and was seen limping after Tuesday's game while being attended to by doctors. Without Bolland in the lineup, Quenneville had to adjust his forward lines in practice.
Jonathan Toews was joined by Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg as one Hawks trio, while Patrick Kane skated between Patrick Sharp and Daniel Carcillo. Marcus Kruger centered the third line with Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik, while Jamal Mayers moved to the middle with Rostislav Olesz and Andrew Brunette beside him.
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The Hawks have been trying to find the right combinations on offense after losing the last three games, culminating in the shutout to the Blues while their power play dropped to last in the league.
"Right now we need some repairing of the power play," Quenneville said. "We need that to get an ugly goal or get some confidence. I think sometimes that can erode your team game."
The Hawks are just 5 for 57 with the man advantage through the first 15 games of the season. On Wednesday, Quenneville's second unit had another brand new look to it, including defenseman Steve Montador playing in front of the net. It's the first time Quenneville has used a regular blue-liner in that role.
"He's got some bite to his game," Quenneville said of Montador. "He's got a right shot, whether it's a pop out [on the power play]. It gives us more of a right shot look, which gives us another option out there."
As for Montador, he's thrilled to get the chance.
"I didn't expect it," he said. "I didn't know until I got here [to practice]. I'm excited about the opportunity. I've done it before a little bit in Florida, years ago. Great opportunity to work the front of the net. Crash and bang, get the pucks in the net."
"When I played back in Sweden I always played a lot of power play," Kruger said. "I had a chance to play it at practice with some good players today like [Brunette]. He helped me a lot."
Quenneville is willing to try anything at this point and Kruger is a logical choice after working his way through most of the roster.
"We'll try it," Quennville said. "We'll see how he does. There's some offense to his game. We'll get a chance to look at it."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.
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