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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Fearful Injuries And Alumni Suggestions

By Colin Likas
Nov 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a toe save on a shot from Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw (65) during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a toe save on a shot from Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw (65) during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save during the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Washington won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Sean Fitzgerald

Question 1: The Blackhawks could ill afford to lose Corey Crawford. As great as the Blackhawks have been, Crawford has been great this season. His save percentage is .934, tied for sixth in the NHL and fourth among regular starting goaltenders.

His goals-against average is 2.01, which is sixth best in the NHL and fifth among regular starting goalies. He also makes the tough saves; he denied Andrew Shaw three times in his return to the UC last night. I like Scott Darling, but he cannot play at Crawford level right now.

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Question 2: Adam Burish is the player I would like to see during the Alumni Game. He is a fan favorite who was at the convention this year. He just retired and loves a good rivalry game. It would also continue the championship reflection from the convention this year.

Aaron Goldschmidt

Question 1: I want to say Corey Crawford, but I’m going to go with anybody in the Blackhawks defense’s top four (Keith, Seabrook, Hammer, Campbell). We all thought this was the deepest we’ve seen this defensive core, but this isn’t the case.

TVR took a step back, Kempny hasn’t stood out, Rozy rarely plays and Forsling is just a rookie. A top defenseman going down could expose the Blackhawks defense and force Duncan Keith to turn into Iron Man again.

Question 2: If the Blues have Wayne Gretzky on the ice, we’re probably going to need a good goalie. My choice would be “The Eagle” himself, Ed Belfour. Not sure he can still suit up, but it would be cool. For reference why, please look here.

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