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Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford “day to day” with injury
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford missed today’s morning skate and will not dress for tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks as he recovers from what coach Joel Quenneville termed an “upper-body” injury. Quenneville declined to go into specifics, only saying that Crawford was “day to day.”
“He didn’t feel great after practice [on Thursday],” Quenneville said.
When asked if Crawford could return for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, Quenneville only said, “We’ll see.”
Crawford was hit hard by Bobby Ryan with 2:20 left in the third period of Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks — Brent Seabrook shoved Ryan, whose knee hit Crawford in the head — but practiced on Thursday. Quenneville didn’t say when the injury occurred.
“I don’t know if it’s that [hit] or practice,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s a defining blow.”
With Crawford out, Ray Emery will get the start. Quenneville actually announced Emery as the starter following Thursday’s practice.
“He’s the guy,” Emery said of Crawford. “When I get in there, I want there not to be a letdown. I want to make them comfortable with giving him time off. Whenever I get called upon, I’ve just got to be ready to go.”
The Hawks also called up goalie Henrik Karlsson from Rockford. The 6-foot-6 Karlsson was acquired last month from the Calgary Flames for a seventh-round draft pick. Karlsson has 26 career NHL games under his belt over the last two seasons.
“Obviously, it’s always a little bit weird when a guy got injured,” Karlsson said of his opportunity. “But obviously it’s here I want to be.”
Karlsson played at the United Center two seasons ago, when he replaced an ineffective Miikka Kiprusoff. Karlsson gave up one goal on 10 shots in the relief effort.
“I’m a pretty big guy, so I try to play a modern style of goaltending — try to block as many shots as possible, be square to the puck as much as possible,” he said.
Said Emery: “He’s a huge guy. We played against him, saw him a little bit. He’s a big body and gets in the way a lot. Good tender.”