Center Dave Bolland is a versatile handyman for the Blackhawks, but this might be his toughest assignment yet: Unleash Marian Hossa. In another attempt to get Hossa out of a goal-scoring slump, coach Joel Quenne-ville will play Hossa on a line with Bolland and newcomer Michael Frolik against the Minnesota Wild tonight at the United Center. Hossa has 12 goals and 18 assists in 39 games. But he has scored only five goals since opening the season with seven goals in the first seven games — and one was an empty-netter in a 7-4 victory Feb. 1 against the Blue Jackets. ''We know what we have to do,'' Hossa said. ''We've tried to do everything possible to work it out. We don't have much time. [Frolik] seems very skilled .?.?. and hopefully he'll get our offense going. We need five-on-five goals.'' Bolland, who has 12 goals and 15 assists in 49 games, has been a spark plug as a scorer and defender. The Hawks are 9-1 when he scores a goal, and he had a goal wiped out by a questionable interference call in the one loss, Feb. 4 against the Canucks.
Here's the line on Hossa: Time to snap out of slump
Chicago Sun-Times | Feb 16