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Brouwer in Blackhawks' lineup for Game 1

VANCOUVER -- The Chicago Blackhawks will have a key cog in their lineup back when they hit the ice for Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Canucks on Wednesday night.

Winger Troy Brouwer, who missed the final three games of the regular season with a right shoulder injury, will play against Vancouver at Rogers Arena.

"I feel good," Brouwer said following the Hawks' morning skate. "I feel playoff ready."

Brouwer said he is still experiencing pain in the shoulder that he injured April 5 against the Canadiens after crashing into the boards but is intent to play through it.

"Any guy wants to come back earlier than they should, especially this time of the year but you have to make sure that your body can handle the stress that may be brought on it," Brouwer said. "You have to be able to protect yourself in case you get in a tough situation.

"It's something you just have to deal with the pain a little bit and go from there," he added. 'If you can handle it then you can go. For me, I've been able to have a pretty quick recovery. I wouldn't put myself in a situation where I could get hurt further."

Brouwer didn't score in the final 22 games of the regular season but is expected play a big role in providing traffic in front of Canucks goaltender Robert Luongo.

"You go through all the things that can affect your play, but we want him to play hard and be physical and play that role," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's all set to go."

Center Dave Bolland, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion March 9 against the Lightning, is progressing but won't play in Game 1.

"Bolland keeps getting better and closer every day," Quenneville said. "We said we expect him at some point in the series nd he continues to progress. But he's not playing (Wednesday night)."

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