The Chicago Blackhawks have been without starting goaltender Corey Crawford since December 8 when he went down with a lower-body injury. The Blackhawks went 8-1-2 without him thanks to a high-scoring offense and rookie goaltender Antti Raanta. Raanta wasn't spectacular, but he did enough to give the Blackhawks a chance to win most nights. Raanta started every game in Crawford's absence and picked up his first career NHL shutout on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Crawford has been rehabbing his injury and appears to be ready to go tomorrow night against the New York Islanders. It is reasonable to expect some rust from Crawford as he hasn't seen any game action in almost a month. Nonetheless, it will be nice to see number 50 back in net for the Blackhawks.
Crawford has a record of 17-6-3, to go along with a 2.47 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. He has yet to record a shutout on the season but has allowed only one goal in 10 different games.
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