Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Dave Bolland returns vs. Wild
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland will play Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild after missing the previous five games due to an upper-body injury.
"I'm feeling good, and I'm going to be playing tonight," Bolland said after the team's morning skate at the United Center on Tuesday.
Bolland, who has five goals and two assists in 16 games this season, was the team's second-line center prior to his injury and again skated with the second line on Tuesday morning. Marcus Kruger took Bolland's place for the past five games and was back with the fourth line during Tuesday's skate.
The Blackhawks have extended their NHL-record start for consecutive games without a regulation loss to 22 games despite Bolland's absence from the lineup.
"It's been great even watching them on TV, keeping the streak alive," said Bolland, who said he did not suffer a concussion. "Coming back and helping them out is a big thing and keeping this thing going.
"It's never fun sitting out games and winning and seeing all of the fun going on on the ice. It's always disappointing watching it on TV and seeing what's going on. So, I'm just glad I'm back and ready."
Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik did not participate in Tuesday's skate and is doubtful for Tuesday night due to the flu, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Brandon Bollig will replace Frolik on the fourth line if he cannot play.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will also start against the Wild on Tuesday, Quenneville said. Crawford is 10-0-3 with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.