Bolland to play against San Jose

Bolland: Feeling better, we'll see what the boss says tomorrow

Bolland to play against San Jose
February 4, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4:00 p.m.

Dave Bolland will play against the Sharks in San Jose Tuesday night.

SAN JOSE, Calif. –Dave Bolland couldn’t help but elicit an angry scream after he was whacked on the right ankle against Vancouver on Friday night.

First, it hurt. A lot. And coupled with that pain was fear that the Blackhawks center might have sustained some serious damage from Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen’s swing.

Three days later, however, Bolland was back on the ice with his teammates. And he’ll likely be back in the lineup on Tuesday night.

Bolland is “very likely” playing, coach Joel Quenneville said, when the Blackhawks play the San Jose Sharks here on Tuesday. Corey Crawford is also expected to start against the Sharks, who are playing in Anaheim tonight. Bolland was practicing with the Blackhawks today at HP Pavilion, and back in his getting-familiar second-line center spot with Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane.

It’s good news for the second-line center, who was listed as day-to-day after that whack left him going to the locker room, with help, in the third period on Friday night. Bolland said he feared the worst immediately.

“When you do feel a lot of pain anywhere you always have that thing in the back off your head that it could be broken,” Bolland said. “And with a 48-game year, it really cuts (your season) down if something serious does happen. I’m just glad nothing was broken or was serious.”

Bolland said it was just “a fluke play” that led to his injury.

“I took a pretty good whack, but that’s the game of hockey,” he said. “It’s not easy. When you’re playing out there, things are going quick and sticks are swinging and anything can happen.”

Bolland has had his matchups against Joe Thornton’s line in the past, but that was while at checking-line center. Quenneville wasn’t sure if that matchup would come about on Tuesday again.

“We haven’t worried about too many matchups this year; it’s just a group of five and whoever they play against,” he said. “We’ll see how it works out. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against… you have to be comfortable (your players) are going to get the job done.”

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