Crawford exorcised more than a few first-round demons with his convincing performances against the Minnesota Wild. The netminder was looking more like he did against Vancouver in April 2011 than Phoenix in April 2012, and he finally notched that postseason series victory. He posted a spectacular 1.32 GAA and .950 SV% in round one. He will need to be good to shut down the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg who carried Detroit past the Ducks.
Crawford is coming off of a 25-save shutout in Game 4. The series shifts back to Chicago where the Blackhawks will look to wrap it up in 5. Crawford currently has the top ranked GAA (1.39) and SV% (.949) in the playoffs.
With Ray Emery out the Blackhwaks are obviously going with Crawford in Game 4.
Crawford was busy in Game 3. He faced 37 shots and turned aside 34 of them in the 3-2 OT loss. Minnesota was throwing everything at him and will likely do the same tonight. The Hawks are still the favorites to win the series but the Wild have made it tough on Chicago.
No Ray Emery means Crawford will definitely start Game 2.
Crawford played well in Game 1 allowing just one goal on 27 shots in the 2-1 Overtime win. The Blackhawks looked like the better of the two teams but Minnesota doesn't look like they're going to go down quietly.
The combination of Crawford and Ray Emery had the lowest goals against average this season. Crawford finished the season with a 19-5-5 record with a 1.94 GAA and .926 SV%. The Blackhawks are huge favorites for this series and in the Western Conference, making Crawford a great goaltending option in playoff fantasy leagues.
After winning three straight starts, Crawford has lost each of his last two starts. He has had a fantastic season going 18-5-5 with a 1.98 GAA and .925 SV%. He is a must start against the lowly Flames tonight.
Corey Crawford off the ice first. There's your #Blackhawks starter.
Crawford allowed two goals on 31 shots in a losing effort vs. the Coyotes on Saturday. He will be back in goal tonight when the Hawks take on their rivals from Vancouver. This game could go either way.
Crawford starting tomorrow against Detroit. #Blackhawks
Crawford got two nights off in a row this week as Ray Emery got back-to-back starts in the Hawks last two games. Crawford has dominated the Red Wings this season so there is no surprise that he will start tomorrow. He is 3-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and .969 SV% vs. Detroit this season.
For those asking, no, Crawford's not hurt. Quenneville said he will be playing this week, so likely vs. Detroit on Friday.
Including tonight, Emery will have started 3 straight games leaving Crawford on the bench. Crawford had played well up to that point so the reason for the controversy is odd. Either way, the Hawks appear to be splitting time down the stretch so expect to use both goaltenders moving forward.
Crawford has won two straight while posting a 1.44 GAA and .951 SV%. He is the clear #1 goalie for one of the best teams in the NHL making him really valuable in fantasy. He has a tough matchup tomorrow vs. a new-look Blues team.
Crawford had his shutout ruined with 33 seconds left in Sunday's game. He made 33 saves but did not have to work to hard because the Blackhawks scored three goals on their first three shots and were in control the entire game. He has a good chance to start the week off with a win vs. the Predators.