Bolland, Kruger in lineup vs. Stars

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Bolland, Kruger in lineup vs. Stars

Dave Bolland is back in the lineup as is Marcus Kruger, who was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs, as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars in their home opener tonight.

Bolland has been out for more than a week with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Bolland said the injury was not related to previous concussion and back problems.

Kruger, meanwhile, will likely be the Blackhawks' fourth-line center tonight. Brandon Pirri, who played last night in Dallas, was assigned to Rockford this morning.

"We didn't mind his game," coach Joel Quenneville said of Pirri. "Offensively he did some good things. Defensively he needs to play a little bit."

With Bolland the Blackhawks will bring their postseason checking line of he, Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik together again.

"They seemed to play well at the end of last year. We didn't get much of a chance to see them in camp but we're looking forward to getting that going tonight," Quenneville said.

Meanwhile, Quenneville said Ben Smith did not skate today. "He's progressing," Quenneville said.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings