The Chicago Blackhawks begin a three-game road trip at the Minnesota Wild tonight before heading out west for games against the Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights. They will be joined by a special guest when they get to Arizona.
Head coach Joel Quenneville confirmed after today’s morning skate in St. Paul that goaltender Corey Crawford will join the team for the final two games of the trip. Although Crawford will not dress for the games in Arizona and Las Vegas, Quenneville was optimistic that his return is not far off.
“We’re hopeful that it’s next week or soon, right after,” Quenneville said.
Quenneville was asked of Crawford can be the savior of the Blackhawks season, even though their playoff chances are not looking great these days.
"Looking down the road, it’s too far to even anticipate where we’re going to be at, and we wouldn’t expect him to be the one guy that’s gonna get it all done,” he said, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Crawford has not played since December 23 and has a .929 save percentage on the season. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass have a combined .909 save percentage. Those 20 percentage points are likely the difference between a Stanley Cup playoff berth and golfing on April 8.