Dave Bolland

Chicago’s Bolland: ‘I want to rush back’ from injury


Dave Bolland is frustrated.

Sidelined for the last three games (foot) after blocking a Shea Weber slapshot on Apr. 1, the Chicago center is tired of sitting out and wants to get back into action — even if it means returning from injury too soon.

“I want to rush back. I want to play,” Bolland told CSN Chicago. “It’s never fun sitting out and watching games or getting skated out there [by yourself].

“For me, it’s coming back when I’m ready and being prepared to keep this winning atmosphere in the room.”

Bolland won’t play on Friday when the ‘Hawks host the Wings in Chicago.

The 26-year-old’s had a tough time with injuries over the last three years. His 2010-11 campaign was derailed by a concussion that cost him the last 14 games of the regular season, and three playoff contests.

Last year, he missed six games with upper-body and foot injuries.

This year, he’s already dealt with a right leg and another upper-body ailment, missing nine games as a result.

When healthy, Bolland is a highly effective two-way player that can produce offensively and annoy the heck out of opponents. He tied a career-high with 19 goals a year ago and has 14 points through 30 games this year, all while averaging close to 17 minutes per game.

So, no wonder he wants to get back out there.

The big question moving forward is what Chicago will do with him after next year.

Bolland will be an unrestricted free agent  in 2014 (his five-year, $16.88 million deal has an average annual cap hit of $3.38 million) and will be 28 at the time.

He’s a solid center and one of Chicago’s most vested veterans, but also has injury concerns.

That said, he acknowledges those concerns, and that’s probably why he’s so anxious to get back into the lineup.

“It’s never fun sitting out and watching games or getting skated out there,” Bolland explained. “Even sitting at home and watching on TV… I try not to put the games on because you want to be out there playing.

“Watching at home, you’re getting anxious. You want to be in there. For me, it’s just about making sure it’s healthy and being ready.”

Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

You can also see it up close via this GIF:

Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.

Alexei Emelin was ejected for this hit on Matt Calvert

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Alexei Emelin has been in and out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup, but this wasn’t the way they wanted him to keep his legs fresh.

The hard-hitting defenseman received a game misconduct and five-minute major penalty for a late hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on Tuesday.

So far, it sounds like Calvert may be OK.

You can see video of that hit above, as well as a GIF of the infraction via My Regular Face.

Many believe that Emelin should not have been ejected.

Injuries continue to dog Lupul as Leafs place him on IR

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Injuries have been a regular problem for Joffrey Lupul for much of his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing in 2015-16.

The team placed him on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 28, calling up Rich Clune in the process.

This IR stint means that Lupul will miss at least three games for Toronto.

From the sound of things, it’s a nagging issue, as NHL.com notes.

“He’s been having the same problem here for a bit,” Mike Babcock told media members on Sunday. “He doesn’t seem to be getting the power back that they thought, so we’re just trying to monitor it the best we can.”

Leafs Nation points out that Lupul has missed about one-third of Toronto’s contests since suffering a separated shoulder in April 2012.

At 32, there’s still time for Lupul to fight through this, although injuries generally accumulate with age.

WATCH LIVE: Wild at Blackhawks; Penguins at Sharks

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Will Ryan Suter say something foolish during tonight’s game? Is Brent Burns‘ beard so long that it’s finally starting to scrape the ice?

We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more during Tuesday’s NBCSN doubleheader.

Need to follow the two games online? Never fear.

Game 1: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks


Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks