When Dave Bolland collapsed to the ice in agony in the third period Friday night in Vancouver, then smashed his stick against the boards while still on his knees before being helped off into the dressing room with an apparent leg injury, it looked like a worst-case scenario for the Blackhawks center.
But Bolland's injury isn't as serious as it first appeared, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Bolland is out tonight against Calgary, but is "day to day," and will accompany the team to San Jose rather than head home to Chicago, according to Quenneville.
"He's going to be all right," Quenneville said. "You're always concerned about the worst, but he's not doing too bad today."
Bolland had three goals in eight games and looked very comfortable between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, finally appearing to fill the Hawks' longtime need of a viable second-line center. If he were to miss significant time, it would have been a tough blow to the Hawks' depth.
Quenneville wouldn't put a number on how many games Bolland would miss, and said it's possible the Hawks could call somebody up from Rockford in the meantime. But for tonight's game, Andrew Shaw will move up from the third line to the second -- where he set up Patrick Kane's game-tying goal after Bolland's injury against the Canucks -- and fourth-line center Marcus Kruger will move to Shaw's normal spot. Jamal Mayers likely will center the fourth line between Michael Frolik and Brandon Bollig.
"We'll talk about that after the game, but we've got enough guys tonight," Quenneville said. "We could bring somebody in [afterward]."
Also, Quenneville said Ray Emery will start in goal, as expected. Emery hasn't played since the second game of the season, a 6-4 win at Phoenix.