Hawks injury update: Crawford, Seabrook out

Hawks injury update: Crawford, Seabrook out
February 19, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Corey Crawford skated on his own this morning and defenseman Brent Seabrook is out tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center.

It’s good news for Crawford (upper body), who hasn’t skated since practicing with the team on Thursday. Crawford has been day-to-day after taking a Bobby Ryan knee to the head at the end of the Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

“He did well,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford. “We’ll get him on (the ice) again tomorrow and hopefully he keeps progressing here.”

Ray Emery, as expected, gets the nod tonight against the Canucks.

Vancouver media reported that Cory Schneider is expected to start for the Canucks tonight.

Seabrook is out after taking a shot to the groin area in the first period of the Blackhawks’ 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. Seabrook did finish that game. Quenneville said the Blackhawks hope to have Seabrook back on the ice “the next day or so.” As for who pairs with Keith tonight, Quenneville said it was “not likely” that he would split the second defensemen duo of Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson. Nick Leddy is a potential candidate for that top d-line spot tonight.

Daniel Carcillo (right knee) continues to get close to playing, but it won’t be tonight. Quenneville said Carcillo will play sometime during this homestand.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are preparing for a Canucks team that is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. This is the start of a four-game road trip for the Canucks. And whenever it’s Blackhawks-Canucks, there’s always the possibility for fireworks.

“We always have tough games with these guys; the rivalry’s as good as any NHL rivalry out there,” said Quenneville. “When you play Vancouver, the first thought is discipline. So let’s be smart. Our last game, the pace was very intense. They have some guys in their lineup, too, so we expect a dangerous opponent.”