Bolland joins top line with Toews out

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Bolland joins top line with Toews out

Dave Bolland will be the top-line center in Jonathan Toews absence, and Corey Crawford will get the start when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators tonight at the United Center.

Toews was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to this weekend, this morning. Coach Joel Quenneville said he and Patrick Sharp (wrist) will be on the team plane to Vancouver next week. Their playing status is still undecided for that first game after the break, but Quenneville is hopeful Toews will be ready.

The injurys not serious, and its not, he said. Hopefully he can make some good progress this week.

For Bolland, this is an opportunity to see what he can do with Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Kane.

It should be fun between Kaner and Stals, Bolland said. "With their skill and speed, hopefully we can do some damage out there.

Quenneville said the checking-line center should not change his game.

He has some good skills, play recognition in both areas. That line doesnt have to change its focus, he said. That job description doesnt mean he has to change at all.

This is the Blackhawks final game before the All-Star break, and they obviously want to go out strong. They also want to erase their game against the Predators on Saturday, which they lost 5-2.

We know its an important game in a lot of ways, so lets make sure focus is in the right place, Quenneville said. You dont want to get ahead of yourself. We have time off after, but lets bring a business-like attitude tonight.

Brandon Pirri, who was recalled this morning from Rockford, was centering a line with Andrew Brunette and Jimmy Hayes this morning.

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Is there anyone who wouldn't want to play with Patrick Kane?

Jeremy Roenick joined In The Loop on Wednesday to discuss which current Blackhawks he would like to play with, and naturally, the reigning MVP topped his list.

"He would be my No. 1 choice," Roenick said. "There's no question about it."

But Roenick said there are two more Blackhawks he would like to lace them up with.

"I wouldn't mind playing with (Artemi) Panarin also," he said. "I would love to play with Jonathan Toews. I think I'd play well with all three of them."

Roenick also gave high praise to coach Joel Quenneville, saying he is one of the best coaches in all of sports. Roenick even compared Quenneville to "the Bill Belichick of hockey."

See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: