After a narrow defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks, the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in a deep hole down 3-0 in the series. However the day after they fell to the Canucks the ‘Hawks got a bit of good news in that center Dave Bolland and wing Bryan Bickell are likely to be in the lineup game four against the Canucks.
Bolland has been out of the Blackhawks lineup with a concussion since March 6th when Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina hit Bolland with an errand elbow. Before that hit Bolland was on a four game point streak and was on his way to his best season as a pro but with the concussion his regular season was derailed.
With this series being all but over many have questioned if Bolland should even make an appearance in this series considering how physical it has been to this point. However as Coach Quenneville told the media, Bolland is a competitor and he wants to try to propel the ‘Hawks to a win in this series.
Bickell on the other has only missed one game in the series with an upper body injury, likely an arm injury, that his sustained in-game 2 from a hit he received infront of the ‘Hawks bench. Bickell reentering the lineup will allow the ‘Hawks to remove John Scott from the lineup and get more contribution/minutes from its bottom six forwards.
Now with Bolland and Bickell reentering the Blackhawks lineup the ‘Hawks gain a little bit of their depth back as well as some more grit to their lineup. The problem is that the ‘Hawks are in this giant 3-0 hole that only three teams in history have been able to climb out of and even with the addition of Bolland it is a major hill to climb.
If the ‘Hawks can get something out of Bolland offensively or even defensively then that will be a major boost to this team and possibly propel them to a win in-game 4 and send this series back to Vancouver. Will the return of Bolland help the ‘Hawks erase this 3-0 series deficit, only time will tell but conventional wisdom will tell you this is likely it for the defending champs.