The Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup playoff preparation began without two key elements, as goalie Ray Emery and Dave Bolland were nowhere to be found when Monday's practice began.

They won't be anywhere in sight when the postseason begins Tuesday, either. Both will miss Game 1 against the Wild at the United Center, coach Joel Quenneville confirmed after the workout.

"We're going to rule them out for (Tuesday)," Quenneville said. "We'll say day-to-day. We're hopeful they're going to be on the ice real soon. We expect them on the ice real soon."

Both Emery and Bolland are working back from lower-body injuries not believed to be serious -- Bolland's has been identified as a groin issue -- and Quenneville was not terribly optimistic they would be available immediately when the regular season ended last weekend, anyway.

Henrik Karlsson will be Corey Crawford's backup against the Wild on Tuesday, and veteran Michael Handzus remains the second-line center, flanked by Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp -- what had been Bolland's spot for most of the season.