Here’s the line on Hossa: Time to snap out of slump
February 15, 2011 11:34PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
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.
‘‘We want to bring the best out of everybody; that’s the objective when we put them together,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘All three can add something that has the potential to be a really nice line for us. We need that group to be effective.’’
Patrick Kane missed his second consecutive day of practice Tuesday with flulike symptoms, and he might miss the game tonight.
‘‘He felt better,’’ Quenne-ville said after the Hawks went through a brisk practice Tuesday. ‘‘He made progress. He wants to play, and hopefully he’ll be able to.’’
Kane scored five goals and had nine points in the first five games of the recent road trip, but he was shut out in the finale Saturday against the Coyotes.
Corey Crawford will start in goal against the Wild.
Forcing the issue
If the Hawks haven’t gotten their share of breaks recently, it’s probably because they haven’t earned them, Quenneville said.
‘‘You want to say, ‘We don’t get enough power plays,’ but you have to earn it by competing,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘You’ve got to fight for position, and maybe the guy trips you.
“We had some tough calls, a couple of [bad] breaks. But there’s no sense feeling sorry for yourself. Make the ref call a penalty based on how hard you’re working — fighting for position, and they have to pull you down.
“We’re the ones who have to make it happen.’’