Blackhawks: Why Corey Crawford should start exhibition game vs Blues

Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks are playing against the Blues in an exhibition game before their playoff series against the Oilers starts. Here’s why Corey Crawford needs to play.

Corey Crawford has missed time due to him testing positive to COVID-19. It put the Chicago Blackhawks in a tough spot, having four goalies compete for the two spots on the main roster if Crawford couldn’t join the team in time to go to Edmonton. Well, Crawford is back!

With Crawford returning, the Blackhawks have their best goalie on the roster, but is he at 100%? He is a tad bit rusty, as we saw in the team’s scrimmage this past Saturday. Crawford gave up 3 goals in the first period before being removed.

If Crawford is going to play in the series against the Oilers, he needs to take the majority of the reps in the last four practices, along with starting in the game against the Blues this upcoming week.

Everything the team will need to know about Crawford will be shown against the Blues, as they are significantly better than the Oilers. If Crawford can play well against the Blues, the fans can have hope he’ll be ready for a grueling series against the Oilers. If he stinks, it’s time to think about turning to Collin Delia or Malcolm Subban.

The hope is Crawford will get up to speed with basically five days of hockey. He has the four practices and the one exhibition game to try and get up to speed with the three other goalies on the roster. If anyone can do it, it’s Corey Crawford.

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Still, it makes fans disappointed that Robin Lehner was traded. I mean, he would be the best option Chicago’s had since 2015 Crawford.