Ben Smith still hasn't been cleared for contact after his concussion injury, but he was still able to practice Monday and hopes to build off a good day.
After missing the first game, Dave Bolland returned and scored a pair of goals to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win. Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist. Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette also scored.
Statues of Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita will be unveiled before the game on Saturday, Oct. 22 vs. the Colorado Avalanche. Hull says the unveiling will be 'the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.'
Dave Bolland suffered an undisclosed upper body injury but is back in the lineup vs. the Dallas Stars as is Marcus Kruger who was recalled from Rockford Saturday.
The Blackhawks had plenty of opportunities, firing 38 shots on goal, but only beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen once in a 2-1 loss. Nick Leddy scored the only Hawks goal. Corey Crawford saved 31 of 33 shots.
Blackhawks rookie Brandon Saad will have his parents in attendance tonight as the winger makes his NHL debut against the Stars. Plus, Joel Quenneville is 'optimistic' that Dave Bolland will play Saturday.
The countdown is on and the optimism in the Blackhawks locker room is running high. Starting with the captain, these Hawks believe another Stanley Cup championship is well within reach.
Dave Bolland upper body injury and Ben Smith concussion will not play in the Blackhawks' season opener Friday. As a result, the team recalled Brandon Pirri from the Icehogs.
What was just a preseason experiment has become a regular season reality. Patrick Kane will move from his normal right wing position to center. Is he ready for the increased responsibility?
Dave Bolland skated but may not be ready, and Ben Smith has yet to be cleared for contact as the Blackhawks prepare to open the season vs. the Dallas Stars Friday night.