Sometimes "no news is good news", but we are afraid in this case, it might not be. On Saturday, prior to the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon, head coach Joel Quenneville decided against giving an update on star goaltender Corey Crawford.
Quenneville only repeated similar lines from the past few days. He would not speculate on a timetable for Crawford to return from an upper-body injury that landed him on injured reserve on Dec. 27.
The coach only decided to share a little bit of good news by saying that Crawford will return some time this season.
Crawford hasn’t played since he was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period of a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 23. His 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage are among the best in the NHL.
No timeline has been provided to the public on when Crawford could make a return to action. We can expect to see the tandem of Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass in goal for the forceable future.
Hawks fans should not feel too worried for now, as Glass is doing well in between the pipes for Chicago:
But they sure miss Crawford, and would like to know more on his injury and his return. As for the rest, Quenneville has refused to speculate on what might happen with the backup goalie situation once Crawford returns.