VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dave Bolland skated with Chicago Blackhawks teammates during their morning skate Wednesday and the center is likely to play against the Vancouver Canucks.
Bolland, who has missed three consecutive games with an injured right foot after being hit by a shot against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 8, centered the fourth line with wingers Andrew Brunette and Jamal Mayers and afterward said he's "feeling pretty good." Bolland added that the decision whether he'll play Wednesday night at Rogers Arena was up to coach Joel Quenneville.
"Me and Joel talked about it and he just said 'we'll see just before gametime,' " Bolland said. "(So) we'll see what he says. He's the boss around here, right?"
Quenneville said it was "likely" Bolland would be in the lineup. Quenneville also indicated he probably wouldn't start Bolland on his regular line with wingers Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik.
"(Marcus) Kruger has done a nice job on that line there," Quenneville said. "I don't know if I want to change that line."
Defenseman Brent Seabrook will not play against the Canucks. The veteran suffered a lower-body injury Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers when he lost an edge and slid skates-first into the end boards.
"(Seabrook) is progressing really well," Quenneville said. "We'll know more each day but he's out (Wednesday night)."
Sami Lepsito is likely to replace Seabrook on defense.
Corey Crawford will get the start in goal for the Hawks and will be opposed by Cory Schneider, who is getting the nod for the Canucks with No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo sidelined with an upper-body injury. Schneider is 2-3-0 this season with a 2.38 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He has some experience against the Hawks, having faced them during last season's Western Conference quarterfinals when Luongo was struggling.
"Getting a regular-season game against them will be fun," Schneider said. "Hopefully I can draw on some of the experience I gained last year in the playoffs and see if I can slow these guys down."
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