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With Campbell out, Campoli’s role expands

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Defenseman Chris Campoli’s responsibilities have expanded almost daily since he was acquired two weeks ago. And now, he’ll be counted on heavily.

With defenseman Brian Campbell (left leg) out of the lineup, Campoli should see even more ice time, including more minutes on both special teams.

A similar player to ­Campbell, Campoli was paired with the free-skating blue-liner his first six games with the Hawks before ­Campbell got hurt.

“The transition overall has been pretty good,” Campoli said. “[Campbell and I] kind of [had] a different dynamic as a pair because we’re not big guys, but we compete and we move the puck. We rely on our ability to see the ice.”

Now he’ll be counted on to do that without Campbell and with all their defensemen. He was initially paired with John Scott on Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Campoli factored in the Hawks’ first-period goal against the Sharks, first hitting the post with a shot, then assisting on Viktor Stalberg’s baseball-swing goal moments later.

“He gets a bit of ice time with all the defensemen,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I don’t think his role and job description change but a little bit — maybe he gets a little more power-play time.”

The right sticks

Winger Marian Hossa showed in a big way Monday that he has rounded back into his offensively ­productive self. He had two power-play goals against the Sharks to give him nine goals in his last 11 games.

Not only is he feeling ­better, but Hossa said he’s ­using the right sticks again.

“It’s a few things,” Hossa said. “No. 1, I’m healthy again. I’m in a tempo, and I’m in games. That definitely helps. And the second thing, my right sticks came, and it’s nice to see them again.”

Bolland ailing

It’s starting to look like center Dave Bolland ­(concussion) could be out an extended period. He missed his second consecutive game.

“Right now, it’s tough to give you a timeline on ­[Bolland],” Quenneville said. “I don’t think anything has changed over the last couple of days in his health.”



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