Crawford back in net, Kruger out with concussion

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Crawford back in net, Kruger out with concussion

Corey Crawford will be back in net but Marcus Kruger is out with a concussion when the Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the United Center.

This will be Crawford's first start since Dec. 5 as the No. 1 netminder has been working on his game for a few weeks after encountering some trouble. Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford would've started tonight regardless of what happened last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Corey shouldnt put too much pressure on himself, that its one game or that he has to play great. Just be comfortable. Youre back in net, play your game and be comfortable," Quenneville said of Crawford. "We dont want to change how we play (in front of the goaltender), no matter whos in the net."

Brandon Pirri, who was called up from Rockford this morning, will be in the lineup tonight.

Daniel Carcillo was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to when he was hurt last week against the Minnesota Wild. Quenneville said Carcillo has been feeling better these last few days.

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Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Five time major champion, Phil Mickelson, was in Chicago on Monday to promote the KPMG Women's PGA championship.

Mickelson took a 45-minute CTA train ride from Millennium Station to Olympia Fields CC, demonstrating how hassle free it is to get to the event.

While on the train, CSN's Pat Boyle interviewed Mickelson. They discussed Phil skipping the US Open, Tiger's dash cam video and how difficult the decision was for Mickelson to part with his longtime caddy, Jim "Bones" Mackay.

Lefty also talked about the revolving door of first time winners at the last 7 majors and what is left on his golf "to do" list.