Brian Campbell makes season debut

NEW YORK -- The Chicago Blackhawks have activated defenseman Brian Campbell, and placed center Dave Bolland on injured reserve.

Campbell made his season debut Monday against the New York Rangers.

He was in the Blackhawks' starting lineup alongside defense partner Duncan Keith, last season's Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman.

Campbell missed all 13 games this season while recovering from a right knee injury suffered during the preseason.

"It's been pretty boring the last month so I'm ready to go and help out and get the feel for it again," Campbell said.

Bolland missed the final period of Friday's game against Edmonton, as well as the entire game Saturday versus Minnesota. His placement on injured reserve is retroactive to Friday, which means he's not eligible to play until Nov. 5.

General manager Stan Bowman reiterated the Hawks' stance that Bolland's injury is not long-term.

"I'm not positive he'll be back [Saturday] but it's not a long-term thing," Bowman said before the Hawks took on the Rangers on Monday. "Hopefully it will be soon but it's nothing we are worried about at all. ... It's a minor thing, to be honest."

Campbell, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since March 14, said he will take his return slowly.

"Everything seems pretty good," Campbell said. "You know, you tweak it here and there and they say that's going to happen but hopefully that goes away. I haven't had as many practices, which would be nice, but you can't have everything. So I'm going to try and take it slow just like I had to do in the Nashville [playoff] series so see how it goes. I do feel strong skating with it."

"He helps the power play," Quenneville said. "He helps the pace of our game. He helps the offensive zone cycling game, and there are a lot of quality minutes there as well. A lot of guys assumed a lot of minutes in this process and maybe [Keith] and [Brent Seabrook] don't have to play as much."

Nick Boynton, who played in 12 of Chicago's first 13 games, was scratched from the lineup against the Rangers.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.