Last week the Chicago Blackhawks placed Corey Crawford on injured reserve with what is likely a lower-body injury. Shortly after the move was made there were various reports that the All-Star net minder would miss one to three weeks.
It now appears that his return to game action will be sooner rather than later. While the Blackhawks are in Washington today, Crawford was back on in the ice Chicago. He is eligible to come off of injured reserve as soon as Friday, but sounds like the team is aiming to get him back versus the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night.
“Right now I think maybe whether there's hope on Friday, maybe the likelihood might be Sunday. But we'll see,” head coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford’s status this morning, per Scott Powers of the The Athletic.
The Blackhawks are 0-1-1 in Crawford’s absence, but that cannot be blamed on the play of Anton Forsberg, who has given up just three goals on 57 shots for a .947 save percentage in the two losses. You can’t ask for much more out of your backup goaltender in a tough spot.