Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hopes Dave Bolland can play this week
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org February 25, 2013 10:25PM
Edmonton defenseman Ladislav Smid tries to ride Hawks winger Patrick Sharp off the puck in the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks-Edmonton Oilers NHL game Monday February 25, 2013 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: March 27, 2013 6:27AM
Blackhawks center Dave Bolland missed his second straight game Monday night with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Bolland was injured Friday against the San Jose Sharks and didn’t play in the third period.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland has yet to skate since the injury, but he hopes to have his second-line center back on the ice sometime this week.
Marcus Kruger has moved up from the fourth line to the second line in Bolland’s absence, and Quenneville was pleased with his performance between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and with his continued penalty-killing prowess. Kruger played 17 minutes, 21 seconds against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had been averaging between 10 and 13 on the fourth line.
“I thought he had a heck of a game,” Quenneville said. “He had a lot of important kills and did a good job on that line. He made some plays, [but was defensively] responsible, as well. You’ve got to commend him on how hard he works and how simple he keeps it.”
Corey Crawford was coming off a 28-save shutout of Columbus after 12 days off with an injury, but Quenneville put Ray Emery back in net Monday. Emery entered the game 7-0-0, while Crawford is 8-0-3 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .941 save percentage — both second in the league behind the Ottawa Senators’ Craig Anderson.
Quenneville said Crawford didn’t suffer any setbacks in his return from an upper-body injury.
“Corey’s just coming off the injury there, and we were waiting to see how things went [Sunday] night,” Quenneville said. “He had a full workload, and he handled it well.”
Defenseman Steve Montador (concussion) and left wing Rostislav Olesz (knee) continue to skate with the team.
“They’ve been getting some real good skates in,” Quenneville said. “Nothing’s changed too much with where they’re at, but the frequency and the quality of their skates are getting better.”