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.

Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

The Blackhawks were put in a rough spot on Saturday afternoon when goaltender Corey Crawford had to undergo an emergency appendectomy before their matinee matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.

With Scott Darling as the lone goaltender on the active roster the Blackhawks signed Eric Semborski to an amateur tryout to serve as Darling's backup for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

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Semborski, 23, has no NHL experience and last played club hockey at Temple University and for the Empire Junior Hockey Jersey Wildcats.

According to EliteProspects.com, Semborski had a 4.98 GAA and .844 save percentage in 29 games with the Wildcats.

Both the Blackhawks and NHL Twitter accounts had some fun at the expense of Semborski.

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy, out indefinitely

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy, out indefinitely

The Blackhawks announced Saturday afternoon that Corey Crawford is undergoing an appendectomy at a Philadelphia hospital and will be out indefinitely.

Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry released this statement regarding Crawford:

"Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.”

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Scott Darling got the start against the Flyers, and the Blackhawks signed 23-year-old Eric Semborski to an amateur tryout to serve as an emergency backup goalie. He played club hockey at Temple University and for the Empire Junior Hockey Jersey's Wildcats.

Crawford has been lights out for the Blackhawks this season, owning a 12-6-1 record with a 2.27 goals against average and .927 save percentage, including two shutouts.