Hawks' Bolland centering for Hossa, Kane
The buzz at Tuesday's practice wasn't just that Dave Bolland was back on the ice, it was that he was centering for right wing Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, who switched over from right to left wing.
"Yeah, it is kind of (different)," Bolland said. "The main thing is just taking care of our defensive zone, just keeping the puck out of our net.
"With guys like Hossa and Kaner I can take care of my zone. I can just give them the puck and they can do the rest. Those are two good guys to play with; to play with them is fun."
Kane, for his part, seemed to take switching from right wing to left wing in stride.
"Hoss has a lot of experience on the right side," he said. "I played left wing before … I don't think it's going to make a difference."
What's the deal?
The numbers so far this season aren't pretty.
The Hawks are 8-8-1 overall, 4-6 at home, and, perhaps most alarming, 5-6 when either tied or leading after the second period.
The way Marian Hossa sees it, it's the little things that are causing this big mess.
"I just think we need to be more focused, paying attention to the details making sure there are no turnovers and things like that," Hossa said. "We did that really well last year.
"The confidence is still there. We're winning, we're losing. We're winning, we're losing. We just have to find the ways to keep raising our level."
He said it:
Jonathan Toews on the 4-6 home record: "What are you going to do about it? We're not going to dwell on it. We're ticked off and angry about what we've done in our own building, but we're not discouraged by it. (Tonight) is another night, and that's all we'll worry about."
The Hawks will wear special camouflage jerseys during warmups tonight as part of the Blackhawks/Boeing "Salute to the Military." … After getting Sunday's game off, goalie Marty Turco will be back between the pipes against Phoenix.