Q says Bolland will be ready for playoffs

Q says Bolland will be ready for playoffs

Posted by TimS on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:35

Center Dave Bolland, one of the Blackhawks' most important playoff performers, will be ready for the postseason despite missing the last two games with a lower body injury.

Bolland will sit out Friday's home finale against Calgary and also won't play Saturday in St. Louis.

"He should be fine," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said when asked about Bolland's availability for the playoffs.

Quenneville hinted that Bolland could be centering the third line when he returns since Michal Handzus has played so well on the second line with Patrick Kane.

"Sometimes those decisions are made for us based on their play whether we need changes or not," Quenneville said.

Goalie Ray Emery is "fine," too, according to Quenneville but won't play this weekend either. Quenneville said that while Corey Crawford would start against the Flames, Carter Hutton could play Saturday at St. Louis in what would be his NHL debut.

Quenneville said the team would look at recalling a few more players from Rockford for Saturday's game against the Blues. The Hawks have three more call-ups allowed before Monday, when rosters can be expanded without limits.

"We're going to play our group tonight and tomorrow we might look at resting some guys," Quenneville said.

The Blues are one of the more physical teams in the league, a club that plays on the edge of the rule book, so to speak, so keeping Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp out of the game and away from guys like David Backes and Barret Jackman makes sense.

Defenseman Ryan Stanton was the lone recall from Rockford on Friday and will play on Saturday.

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