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It’s Antti Raanta Time, How Will He Perform?

By Keith Schultz

The good news is that after the game last night the reports from the Chicago Blackhawks were that Corey Crawfords injury didn’t look to bad.  This is hockey so not too bad with your franchise goalie could mean a game, a week or a month.  With Crawford probably out for at least a week it’s now time for the real test for Antti Raanta.

No one thought it would come to this so soon for Raanta when the Hawks signed Nikolai Khabibulin in the offseason, but after a bad groin pull to the veteran goalie and now what looks like a groin pull to Crawford it Raanta time.

Raanta has appeared in 5 games already this season which includes a 3-0-1 record with a 2.16 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.  What we have seen from Raanta is solid during games but can be a bit shaky with his puck handling which led directly to a 2nd period goal last night.  The only thing that has looked really rough with Raanta is his shootout performance which you can take with a grain of salt.

The Hawks play four times between now and next Sunday night with Raanta possibly starting all four games with Crawford being out.  The Hawks face the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings with two of them on the road and two of them at the United Center.

Will Raanta be able to hold down the fort, will he shine or will he struggle with a full work load this week? What do you think?

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