CHICAGO -- Dave Bolland will re-enter the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at United Center.
Bolland has missed five straight games with an undisclosed upper-body injury and is anxious to rejoin his teammates while centering Chicago's second line between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks (19-0-3) still haven't lost in regulation through 22 games this season -- 28 straight if you add last season's closing 3-0-3 stretch -- and Bolland hopes to help extend the streak.
"I'm feeling good and I'm going to play tonight," Bolland said after Chicago's morning skate. "It's been great, even watching them on TV keep the [points] streak alive, so coming back and helping them out is a big thing in keeping this thing going."
At the same time, Bolland said he's been frustrated sitting out.
"It's never fun when you're sitting out games and [they're] winning and seeing all the fun that's going on," Bolland said. "It's always disappointing watching it on TV and seeing what's going on. I'm just glad I'm back and ready."
Bolland's return to the active lineup bumps young center Marcus Kruger to the middle of the fourth line, where it appears the Blackhawks will not have speedy right wing Michael Frolik on Tuesday.
Frolik didn't participate in the morning skate because he's sick, which will have an effect on Chicago's dogged fourth line and penalty-killing unit, which is ranked third in the NHL (89.7 percent).
Based on how Chicago's forward lines looked in the morning skate, it appears Brandon Bollig will take Frolik's place on the fourth line, with Daniel Carcillo on the other side of Kruger, who did a good job filling in for Bolland on the second line.
"There's been different guys there [on the fourth line] almost every game, so I don't think it's going to change too much," Kruger told NHL.com, referring to Frolik's absence. "We have to have the same mindset and not try to change what we do."
Corey Crawford (10-0-3, 1.41 goals-against average) will get the start in net for the Blackhawks after backstopping a 2-1 shootout road win March 3 against the Detroit Red Wings.
Here is how the Wild and Blackhawks might line up Tuesday:
Zach Parise – Mikko Koivu – Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker – Matt Cullen – Devin Setoguchi
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Mikael Granlund – Dany Heatley
Michael Rupp – Kyle Brodziak – Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin
Justin Falk – Tom Gilbert
Jared Spurgeon – Clayton Stoner
Scratched: Zenon Konopka, Nate Prosser
Injured: Josh Harding, Cal Clutterbuck (IR bruised thigh)
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Dave Bolland – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
Daniel Carcillo – Marcus Kruger – Brandon Bollig
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy – Michal Rozsival
Scratched: Jamal Mayers, Sheldon Brookbank, Michael Frolik (illness)
Injured: Steve Montador (IR upper body), Rostislav Olesz (IR lower body)