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Q&A: Blackhawks winger Michael Frolik talks about playing again, his struggles

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Forward Michael Frolik will play in consecutive games for the first time since late February when the Blackhawks meet the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.

This season has been a big disappointment for Frolik. He's been moved up and down the lineup and recently he's been a healthy scratch in 13 of 17 games. Here's what Frolik had to say about his season on Tuesday:

On playing after being a healthy scratch in eight consecutive games:

"It's nice to be back in the lineup. When you can help the team, it's a nice feeling. I think I can do that. Hopefully, it's going to get better and better. It's not easy when you don't play for a while. But when the game goes on, it's goes better and better."

On if he feels pressure to contribute after not playing for so long:

"If they give you that chance, you want to prove that you belong there and you belong in the lineup. I try to play hard and leave everything on the ice."

On if it's been a struggle to stay tuned in mentally:

"I've tried to do the same things to prepare myself and just try to be ready and feel 100 percent and leave everything there and play like it's the last game of the season."

On his expectations coming into the season:

"It was very high. ... so it's kind of disappointing. I try to [not] think about it and I've tried to stay positive, you know. Hopefully, it's going to turn around."

On living up to the three-year contract he signed in the summer:

"They give you this contract, and for sure, you want to be better than I am now. For sure, I know they expect from me that. I know I can be better too. It wasn't me, and I don't know what happened, but I want to make sure it's going to be like how it was before."

Whether he feels if he has time to turn it around:

"The season wasn't really good. But you always try to finish strong. If it happens, I will try to do that and don't look at what happened and just focus for what's now."

On what he did or didn't do to get scratched often:

"It's hard to say. I don't really know. I've tried to change some things and it wasn't working too. Maybe, [it's] just try to go to the basics like I used to do, and leave everything on the ice and we'll see what happens."

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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