Dave Bolland is out for tonight and Corey Crawford will get the start in net as the Chicago Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at the United Center.
Bolland is listed as day-to-day with an unspecified upper-body injury sustained Friday night against the San Jose Sharks. Asked if there was reason to be concerned about it, coach Joel Quenneville said “we’re fine. He’s doing all right; he’s progressing.” Bolland has not skated, however, since he was hurt.
Marcus Kruger is likely to center that second line in Bolland’s absence.
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Meanwhile, Crawford will get his first start since suffering an upper-body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 12. Crawford is 7-2-0 with a 2.21 goals-against average for his career vs. the Blue Jackets. Crawford said the other day that he felt good and ready to go; his timing was the only thing that was lagging a bit.
Ray Emery was stellar in Crawford’s absence, and Quenneville hopes Crawford regains the form that led him to a pre-injury 7-0-3 record and 1.65 GAA.
“Corey was going very well prior to getting injured, so it’s good to have both guys back,” said Quenneville, who wouldn’t say which goaltender would start tomorrow vs. Edmonton. “We’re just looking at today’s game. Ray’s done an excellent job, like our goaltending’s done all year.”
The Blackhawks set a new NHL record on Friday, notching their 17th consecutive game to start a season without a regulation loss.
Steve Mason is expected to start for the Blue Jackets, who will be without Jack Johnson (shoulder), Artem Anisimov (head) and Brandon Dubinsky (knee) tonight.