Crawford back in net, Kruger out with concussion

Crawford back in net, Kruger out with concussion
December 21, 2011, 11:39 pm
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Corey Crawford will be back in net but Marcus Kruger is out with a concussion when the Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the United Center.

This will be Crawford's first start since Dec. 5 as the No. 1 netminder has been working on his game for a few weeks after encountering some trouble. Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford would've started tonight regardless of what happened last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Corey shouldnt put too much pressure on himself, that its one game or that he has to play great. Just be comfortable. Youre back in net, play your game and be comfortable," Quenneville said of Crawford. "We dont want to change how we play (in front of the goaltender), no matter whos in the net."

Brandon Pirri, who was called up from Rockford this morning, will be in the lineup tonight.

Daniel Carcillo was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to when he was hurt last week against the Minnesota Wild. Quenneville said Carcillo has been feeling better these last few days.