Friday, April 8, 2011
Posted: 12:02 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
DETROIT The Blackhawks have plenty on their minds as they prepare for tonights game against the Detroit Red Wings. But theyre getting some good news from home.
Dave Bolland, whos been out with a concussion, has progressed at a different pace, and could be skating today back in Chicago, coach Joel Quenneville said this morning. Its welcome news for the Blackhawks, who have missed their gritty center since he was injured March 9 against Tampa Bay.
Its close. In fact, he could be on the ice today, Quenneville said. But hes really progressed in the last couple of days.
Quenneville added that Troy Brouwer, whos listed day-to-day with a right shoulder injury, could also be on the ice soon.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks, who got Patrick Sharp back on Wednesday night, will face a Red Wings team minus Henrik Zetterberg (leg) and Niklas Kronwall (upper body). Regardless of personnel, the Blackhawks know they need this one.
We have to get points, we control our destiny, Quenneville said. It should be an exciting game. We had a great game here (on March 28) and we expect the same (tonight). The last one was anyones game, both goalies played great and there were a lot of scoring chances. When everythings at stake, you expect a hard-fought game.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
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DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 14
This Week's Scores
Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10
Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14
Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7
Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13
Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21
Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7
Phillips 27, Sterling 14
Dunlap 21, Washington 0
Morris 43, Raby 8
Rochester 31, Highland 14
IC Catholic 7, Byron 0
Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2
Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8
Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14
Tuscola 21, Athens 14
Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8
Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.
1. Something's got to give
What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.
2. Kris Dunn for real?
Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.
3. Watch out for Devin Booker
We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.