SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Second-line center Dave Bolland will return to the lineup Tuesday night for the Chicago Blackhawks against the San Jose Sharks after missing one game with an injury to his lower right leg.
Shortly after the Blackhawks' morning skate at HP Pavilion, Bolland broke the news that he'd be in the lineup, then coach Joel Quenneville confirmed it.
Bolland said he'll have no limitations in Tuesday night's game.
"Feels great," Bolland said.
Bolland was injured Friday night against the Vancouver Canucks when he took a slash from Jannik Hansen in the third period of Chicago's 2-1 shootout loss. He initially feared he had broken a bone and might be out for the season. But after missing Chicago's 3-2 shootout win Saturday night at Calgary, Bolland practiced Monday and skated Tuesday morning at HP Pavilion.
Linemate Patrick Kane said it will be "huge" to have Bolland back on the ice against San Jose.
"I don't know if any of us really knew the extent of the injury," Kane said. "He's a good player. He obviously can play in a lot of different roles -- penalty kills and plays the power play and is a very effective center for us. It's good to have him back, especially these type of games."
Bolland has three goals and one assist in eight games for the Blackhawks.
Quenneville had some more good news on the injury front regarding Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury. Quenneville said Rozsival is now healthy enough to play, although it's doubtful he'll be in the lineup tonight.
Sharks veteran defenseman Dan Boyle could be back in the lineup after missing Monday night's 2-1 loss at Anaheim with the flu. Boyle skated on his own Tuesday morning, and Sharks coach Todd McLellan said he'll be in the lineup if he feels healthy enough to play.
Boyle has been battling the flu for a week. He missed San Jose's game against Anaheim on Jan. 29, played the next two games, then was out again Tuesday after a relapse.
Here's how the lineups could look Tuesday night when the Sharks face the Blackhawks at HP Pavilion:
Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Dave Bolland – Patrick Kane
Viktor Stalberg – Andrew Shaw – Bryan Bickell
Jamal Mayers – Marcus Kruger – Michael Frolik
Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson- Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Sheldon Brookbank
Injuries: Daniel Carcillo
Scratches: Brandon Bollig, Michal Rozsival
Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard - Logan Couture - Ryane Clowe
Scott Gomez - Michal Handzus - Martin Havlat
TJ Galiardi - Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Jason Demers
Brad Stuart - Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray - Justin Braun
Injured: Brent Burns
Scratches: Tommy Wingels, Matt Irwin, Nick Petrecki