DETROIT -- Hours before taking the ice in their biggest game of the season, the Chicago Blackhawks got some good news from coach Joel Quenneville regarding the health of one of the team's top players.Quenneville said center Dave Bolland, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion March 9 against the Lightning, "has really progressed the last couple of days." Bolland could begin skating as soon as Friday in Chicago.
"Bolland is progressing at a different pace than he was before which is encouraging," Quenneville said following the Hawks' morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. "In fact, he could be on the ice (Friday). I'm not sure if he's on (Friday) or not but he could be."
As for Troy Brouwer, who injured his shoulder against the Canadiens on Tuesday, Quenneville said the winger "is still day-to-day but we like his progress."
There are several scenarios for the Hawks to clinch a Western Conference playoff berth, depending on how they and the Stars -- who face the Avalanche on Friday night -- fare. But the main ingredient involves the Hawks coming away with a victory over the rival Red Wings.
"It's a must-win situation for us," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "You finally get down to that point where you talk about it so much during the season and this is definitely a must-win for us. We need to take care of business (Friday night) and look forward to Sunday."
The Hawks and Wings will close out the regular season Sunday at the United Center.