Blackhawks' Dave Bolland to return vs. hated Canucks; Brent Seabrook out with leg injury

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/16/2011, 02:40pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Sorry, Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Blackhawks center Dave Bolland will be back in the Blackhawks lineup Wednesday night after missing three games with a foot injury.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland will “likely” play against the Canucks. Bolland was hurt last week against the Blues when he blocked a shot with his foot. He finished the game against the Blues, but then missed the next three.

Bolland practiced with the team for the first time since the injury Tuesday in Vancouver and then participated in their morning skate Wednesday. Bolland, though, may find himself on a different line against the Canucks. He centered Andrew Brunette and Jamal Mayers on the fourth line, while Marcus Kruger centered Michael Frolik and Bryan Bickell.

Does Quenneville plan to limit his minutes?

“We’ll see how he is,” Quenneville said. “Kruger has done a nice job on that line there [with Bolland out]. I don’t know if I want to change that line. We’ll see.”

Bolland said he feels much better. The prospect of playing against the Sedin twins seemed to help too.

“It’s always great playing these guys with the rivalry we have with them and the hype and everything,” Bolland said. “There are always big games. … I’m feeling pretty good.”

Seabrook still out

Defenseman Brent Seabrook (leg injury) didn’t participate in Wednesday’s morning skate. He also sat out practice Tuesday. He won’t play against the Canucks. Sami Lepisto is expected to take his spot in the lineup.

“He’s progressing really well,” Quenneville said of Seabrook, who was hurt when he fell awkwardly into the boards Sunday against the Oilers. “We’ll know more each day.”

Click here to view video of Seabrook’s injury.