The Chicago Blackhawks have officially confirmed that Corey Crawford has a lower body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville announced that Crawford will be out three weeks with the injury. Crawford had sustained the injury in Sunday night’s 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. This is Crawford’s first injury at the NHL level. This is also Crawford’s first injury with the Blackhawks organization. Crawford has appeared in 171 games since becoming the starting goalie with the Blackhawks.
Crawford who had started an NHL leading 25 games will give way to Antti Raanta. Raanta will be making his fourth NHL start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. Raanta does have previous starting experience. He started 106 games in the SM-Liga Finnish Elite League. He also appeared in 14 games with the Rockford Ice Hogs. He had a record of 7-5 with a 2.83 goals against in Rockford. The Blackhawks have nine games over the next three weeks, expect Raanta to start the majority of them.
The Blackhawks also recalled Kent Simpson to back up Raanta. Simpson might be called into action to spell Raanta once or twice. Simpson has not appeared in a NHL game before. He had only played in two games with the Rockford Ice Hogs prior to this season. This season Simpson has appeared in 15 games with a record of 6-7 with 3.38 goals against.
News and notes:
Mac Carruth has taken over the goalie duties at Rockford. Carruth had been playing in the WHL with the Portland Winter Hawks. The Ice Hogs announced that they have signed goaltender Allen York to a professional tryout contract. York was playing in the ECHL with the Evansville Iceman.