Ray Emery will get the start and the Chicago Blackhawks look to get back into the win column – for the short time they’ve been out of it – against the Edmonton Oilers tonight at the United Center. Crawford was 11-0-3 before giving up five goals over two periods in a 6-2 loss to Colorado. Emery, who is 10-0-0, was brought in for the third period on Friday night.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford’s tough outing had nothing to do with tonight’s decision.
“Both guys had good consideration,” Quenneville said. “Ray came in and did a nice job later in that game. But I’m very comfortable, no matter who’s in the net.”
The Blackhawks host the Oilers for the second time this season; they beat them 3-2 here on Feb. 25. The Oilers were just beginning their grueling nine-game road trip when they played here in late February. Oh, and they’re still on it; they finish it in Colorado on Tuesday. It hasn’t been a memorable one for the Oilers, who are currently 1-4-2 on the trip. They’ve also been blanked two consecutive games; they lost 3-0 to Detroit on Thursday and to 6-0 to Nashville the next night.
Still, the Oilers always give the Blackhawks fits. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, just want to get back to the type of hockey that got them on that stunning 24-game unbeaten streak in the first place.
“It’s something we should be proud that we accomplished, but let’s get back to what we have to do,” Quenneville said of the streak. “The strength of our run was being consistent. Let’s reinforce that today. It’ll be nice to see how we respond.”