Crawford out, Karlsson in

Crawford out, Karlsson in
February 15, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Corey Crawford is day to day with an upper-body injury and goaltender Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford as the Chicago Blackhawks prepared for tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

Crawford practiced on Thursday but was not on the ice for Friday morning’s skate. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’s day to day, that “he didn’t feel great after practice (on Thursday), so that’s where he’s at.”

The Blackhawks’ No. 1 goaltender was hit by Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan with 2:20 remaining in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss. In replays, it appeared that Ryan’s right knee collided with Crawford’s head. Asked if Crawford’s injury came off that hit, Quenneville said, “I don’t know if it’s that or practice. I don’t know if it’s a defining blow.” Quenneville also didn’t know if Crawford would start Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will forge ahead. Emery will make his fourth start of the season and fifth career against the Sharks.

The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson, whom the Blackhawks acquired last month from the Calgary Flames, will serve as backup tonight. Karlsson has appeared in four games with the Rockford IceHogs this season. He has a 2-2-0 record with a 2.23 goals-against average. For Karlsson, the trade to Chicago is a chance at a new opportunity.

“I needed to move,” Karlsson said. “They were two great learning years from me. I had some tougher games, I got pulled, I got put in. Hopefully I learned a lot from those two years. I’m just ready for a fresh start here.”