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Bolland and Emery set to return for Chicago in second-round

May 11, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

Ray Emery, Dave Bolland Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks don’t know who they’re facing in the second round just yet, but they’re getting a pair of key players back for it.

Coach Joel Quenneville says center Dave Bolland (groin) and goalie Ray Emery (lower body), who both missed the first-round against Minnesota, will be ready to go for the start of the second-round reports Tracey Myers of

Bolland skated on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw at practice today. That sets the ‘Hawks up to be even more difficult to deal with as the playoffs go on.

Emery’s return is a bit less ballyhooed as Corey Crawford‘s outstanding play against the Wild helped silence doubters about his play in goal. Still, should injury or poor play occur the Blackhawks are better off having Emery backing him up than youngster Carter Hutton.

Chicago will face either San Jose or Detroit in the next round of the playoffs depending on what happens in Game 7 between the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

  1. grillmarks - May 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    A rolling freight train…

  2. blackhawkslove - May 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Good to see Rayzor come back. Essential backup especially if there were to be a night were Crow plays poorly. Emery has shown he can stand on his head against any team.

  3. jpat2424 - May 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Put Bolland on the Fourth line. Do not breakup the Shaw , Stalberg , Bickell line.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      @jpat – I agree with you here. However, Q is pretty pi$$ed at the team as a whole. He thinks their effort level in the first round was mediocre at best…. and he’s right. I’m not a Bolland fan, but we know Q won’t hesitate to change up the lines if they aren’t clicking. Quite a strong message sent to Stalberg and Saad today – putting them on the 5th & 6th lines for practice rushes. I hope it was just a message….

  4. jpat2424 - May 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Agreed Q is defiantly one not to hesitate to change lines. But I thought the third line played great. Not sure what Stalberg did to get demoted to the fourth. Thought his overall play was good, couple of bad penalties. Also heard at practice yesterday Ben Smith was on the Toews line. Guessing Q is trying to light a fire under Saads a$$. Interesting game tonight in Anaheim. Guess I’m cheering for Detriot. Would love to see Hawks give them a nice send off to the East.

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