Ray Emery will get the start and Dave Bolland will be out again when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at the United Center.
Corey Crawford recorded his second shutout of the season on Sunday night, stopping all 28 shots he saw in a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. But with Crawford just coming off his upper-body injury – coach Joel Quenneville said he’s fine, by the way – and the back-to-back, Quenneville is going with Emery.
Emery has faced the Oilers just twice in his career. He’s 0-1-0 with a 9.37 goals-against average.
The Blackhawks are looking to extend their already league-record start of games without a regulation loss (15-0-3). They’ll get a tough test in Edmonton, which beat the Blackhawks in three of four games last season. And the losses were usually ugly, too, especially in Edmonton. The Oilers outscored the Blackhawks 24-15 in those four games last season.
“The two games in Edmonton certainly stand out where they convincingly gave us a beating,” Quenneville said. “That wasn’t fun sitting at the end of the game and looking back at what happened. They’re capable of doing that with their speed and skill. So let’s be respectful to what they can do and take care of our own business.”
Bolland, who sustained an unknown upper-body injury against the San Jose Sharks on Friday, will miss his second consecutive game. He has not skated since getting hurt, but Quenneville is hopeful he’s back on the ice sometime this week. Marcus Kruger played second-line center against Columbus, and Quenneville commended the young Swede on his game.
“I thought he had a heck of a game,” Quenneville said. “He had a lot of important kills and did a good job on that line. He made some plays and he’s responsible. I commend him on how hard he works and how simple he keeps it.”
Meanwhile, Steve Montador (concussion) and Rostislav Olesz (knee) have continued to skate. Quenneville said there’s no change in their status – neither passed his physical prior to the season – but “the frequency and quality of their skates is getting better.”