Blackhawks recall Salak with Emery out of practice

Blackhawks recall Salak with Emery out of practice
October 12, 2011, 4:26 pm

Corey Crawford was back after taking the last two days for maintenance. Ray Emery was out with the flu. Alex Salak was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs.

The goaltending merry-go-round was in full effect on Wednesday morning. And while Crawford said he was feeling better in his return to practice, coach Joel Quenneville said he will not announce the starting goaltender against Winnipeg until Thursday morning.

So, as of today, it's could be any of the three?

"As of this moment that's a good statement," Quenneville said.

Crawford missed the past two days with an undisclosed injury he suffered in one of the first two games. He said the groin injury, which hampered him at the end of preseason, is "not an issue."

Quenneville hopes Emery is back Thursday morning. But Salak is here if necessary. While it wouldn't be surprising if Crawford does start on Thursday, it may also not be a bad idea to rest him. It's early, it's a long season, and while there'll be some hooplah with the return of the Jets -- and former Blackhawks Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd -- Winnipeg is not a divisional game.

Crawford, who did some extra drills with goaltending coach Stephan Waite before Wednesday's practice, said he could play on Thursday.

"I felt good today in the full practice," he said. "It's not bothering me, so that's good."

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information