Dave Bolland stepped gingerly onto the ice and slowly made his way around the rink, testing his right leg.

By the time the Blackhawks were running line rushes during Monday's practice, the center was skating full bore between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane.

After missing the Hawks' 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames on Saturday night, Bolland expects to return to the lineup when the Hawks face the Sharks on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion in a showdown between the teams atop the Western Conference.

"I feel pretty good," Bolland said. "I might be in (Tuesday). We'll see what the boss says."

The "boss" is coach Joel Quenneville, who later said, "(Bolland) looked good out there. It's very likely he'll be playing."

Bolland was injured during the third period of the Hawks' 2-1 shootout loss to the Canucks on Friday night when he was slashed near his ankle by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen.

"I took a pretty good whack," Bolland said. "When you're playing out there things are going by pretty quick (and) sticks are swinging. It was a fluke play, but you just move on."

After getting to his skates following the slash, Bolland angrily smashed his stick into pieces against the boards, fearing the injury could be significant.