CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks again be without goalie Ray Emery and center Dave Bolland when they face the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at United Center in Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
Emery and Bolland, each out with a lower-body injury believed to be a groin issue, are making progress but not quite ready to get back to full on-ice work. Bolland didn't skate Thursday, before or during practice, and Emery came out briefly before the session for some work with goaltending coach Stephane Waite. He quickly left before team drills started.
"We're going to rule them out," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Ray was out there today and [Bolland] didn't skate, but he's getting real close to getting on the ice. [Emery] felt good, too, so it was good progress today."
Quenneville said they will discuss the issue on Friday of Emery and/or Bolland traveling to Minnesota for Game 3 and Game 4. Corey Crawford will get the start in net in Game 2 against the Wild, after making 26 saves in the series opener to earn the win late in overtime on Bryan Bickell's game-ending goal. Henrik Karlsson will again be on the bench as the backup.
"You want to get momentum from the first game, and I think we did that with that big goal," Crawford said. "That's key to win the first one, but every game's different. We're going to prepare ourselves again to be at our best and we want to play our best game."
Other than Emery and Bolland, the Blackhawks appear to be in good shape heading into the game Friday. After not practicing Wednesday, using it to recover from Game 1, they skated with the same forward lines and defense pairings Thursday as they rolled out Tuesday.
Here is how the Blackhawks looked in practice and how they likely will line up Friday:
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Michal Handzus – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Michael Frolik
Duncan Keith – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Michal Rozsival
Notes:Forwards Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers and Ben Smith plus defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Ryan Stanton practiced with the Blackhawks on Thursday.