CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland and goaltender Ray Emery are expected to play in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series when it begins next week, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Saturday.
Both players missed all five games of the first-round series against the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks could play the Detroit Red Wings or San Jose Sharks in the second round. The dates of the second round have not been released yet.
Bolland has missed eight consecutive games due to a lower-body injury. He suffered the injury against the Vancouver Canucks on April 22. He had seven goals and seven assists in 35 regular-season games this season.
Bolland skated with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell on the third line during Saturday’s practice. Bolland played a majority of this season on the second line, but he has played on the third line in past seasons.
“We love tough decisions,” Quenneville said of where to play Bolland. “Having [Bolland] back is an option. If [there had been a] Game 6, he would have been playing today, and we would have had to look at options as well. We’ll visit with that over the next couple of days. We look forward to having him in the lineup and looking at other options.”
Emery has missed seven consecutive games due to a lower-body injury. He suffered the injury against the Edmonton Oilers on April 24. He was 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage during the regular season. Goaltender Henrik Karlsson backed up starting goaltender Corey Crawford in the first series.