Bolland suffers lower-body injury against Canucks
CALGARY, Alberta – Dave Bolland is day to day with a lower-body injury, and Ray Emery gets the start in net as the Chicago Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames tonight.
Bolland was injured in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. He was whacked on the right ankle by forward Jannik Hansen and needed help getting back to the locker room. Coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland is “not doing too bad today,” and he will remain on this six-game road trip.
With Bolland’s absence, there will be a shift at center. Andrew Shaw, who played some second-line center after Bolland left on Friday night, will be there to start tonight. Marcus Kruger moves to third-line center and Michael Frolik will likely play fourth-line center. Jamal Mayers will be back in the lineup, in what will be his 900th career NHL game.
“I had Jammer when he was younger (in St. Louis); he’s had a nice career. He’s the ultimate pro,” Quenneville said. “It’s not easy when you have to sit a guy like that out, knowing the leadership he brings and how he competes. He’s been handling it OK but I know inside he wants to play in the worst way. It’s nice to see him get back into the lineup.”
Meanwhile, Emery will get just his second start of the season. His last game was Jan. 20 against the Phoenix Coyotes, a 6-4 victory.
“He’s practiced a lot now and he’s ready to play,” Quenneville said. “(Corey Crawford’s) been excellent, but we’ll give (Emery) a chance to get the net a little bit here. It’ll be good to see him respond here and see how well we play in front of him as well.”