Dave Bolland will make his 2013 postseason debut when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series tonight at the United Center.
Bolland missed the last three games of the regular season and the entire first round because of a lower-body injury. Bolland has 37 points in 49 career playoff appearances, he should certainly help the Blackhawks up front.
The Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup playoff preparation began without two key elements, as goalie Ray Emery and Dave Bolland were nowhere to be found when Monday's practice began. They won't be anywhere in sight when the postseason begins Tuesday, either. Both will miss Game 1 against the Wild at the United Center, coach Joel Quenneville confirmed after the workout.
Bolland missed the last three games of the regular season and will miss game 1 of the Blackhawks series with the Wild. Michael Handzus remains the second-line center, flanked by Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp -- what had been Bolland's spot for most of the season.
The Blackhawks will be without both Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland when they visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Neither made the trip.
The Hawks said Bolland has a lower-body injury. Bolland took a Shea Weber shot off the foot in Monday's win over Nashville. He tried to return, but had to leave the game. He did play the full game, including overtime, against St. Louis on Thursday.
Bolland returns to the lineups tonight against the Wild. Previous to his upper body injury he was centering Sharp and Kane, making him a decent option for the remainder of the season in deeper fantasy leagues.