ST. PAUL, Minn. – Dave Bolland and Ray Emery are getting closer to returning from their lower-body injuries. But they won’t be returning on Tuesday.
Bolland and Emery are out for tomorrow night, when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The two practiced with the Blackhawks here this afternoon, and both said they’re feeling better. But they’re not quite ready to go.
“He’s feeling better and better,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Emery. “He took the whole practice, so that’s a good sign.”
Emery’s last game was April 24, when he started against the Edmonton Oilers but did not finish – he left with about six minutes remaining in the first. It’s unclear exactly what Emery’s injury is; he was first sidelined with it after starting (and finishing) vs. Dallas on April 17.
“You can skate as much as you want, but game situations are different,” Emery said. “Right now, I'm just trying to get the most out of practice. I’m trying to take care of myself and trying to get back.”
Bolland’s been dealing with a groin injury since leaving the Blackhawks’ game against Vancouver on April 22. For Bolland, it’s been one more frustrating injury in a season full of them.
“I feel like I’m getting close; it’s day by day,” he said. “It does get difficult watching when you see what’s going on on the ice. You just see everyone battling and in that playoff mode. It’s always a tough thing to watch.”
Corey Crawford did not practice today but Quenneville said it was just a rest day for him.