Dave Bolland out vs. Jackets
Bolland blocked a shot in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to St. Louis and limped off the ice favoring his right leg. He finished the game but isn't ready to play.
Coach Joel Quenneville said he might play Friday against the Calgary Flames.
Bryan Bickell returned to the lineup to take Bolland's place after being a healthy scratch Tuesday. The absence of Bolland, coupled with the Blackhawks being shut out, has forced Quenneville to shuffle his lines again.
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"I'll try and get him the puck a little more often," Toews said. "We're just trying to find a little more chemistry than we had the past couple games up front."
Quenneville said he liked Hossa and Patrick Kane's chemistry, but needed to break them up to balance out the lines. Kane's move to center to start the season was done in part to pair him with Hossa.
"That was the one line, those two were pretty solid together," Quenneville said. "The lines stayed together for a long time."
The change might be a boost for Toews. He has one goal in his past eight games. He was asked if he can "cheat" a little on offense with Hossa on his line.
"I believe so," he said. "We kill a lot of penalties together. Hossa knows how to play on both sides of the puck and does it as effortlessly as you can."
The Blackhawks have dropped three straight, including the loss to St. Louis and one by 6-2 to Vancouver.
"We should be angry," Quenneville said. "Coming off the two games that were very disappointing, I don't know if the word is frustrated, but we should be angry going into today's game and play like there is a real purpose."
Toews echoed those comments and doesn't care about power-play rankings -- the Blackhawks are dead last -- or other stats, just wins.
"Nothing is ever going to be perfect, even when we are winning," Toews said. "There are problems and things people want to talk about but none of that matters. At the end of the day, it's about how many points you put into the win column."
Corey Crawford started in goal for Chicago.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.
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