Crawford had a rough night allowed four goals on 18 shots in a loss to the Stars on Tuesday. Tonight he takes on a Wild team that he is 1-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .891 SV% against this season. The last time he was in Minny he stopped 29 of 30 in 5-1 win.
Handzus will remain out of the lineup on Thursday with an illness.
Handzus will miss his second consecutive game with an illness. Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom were recalled this morning, one of them will fill in for Brandon Pirri who was playing in Handzus' spot.
Shaw will not travel with Chicago to take on Minnesota.
Shaw was crunched into the boards in the late stages of Tuesday's loss to the Stars. Shaw was slow to get up and will not play Thursday. There is no word on how serious the injury is, but explains why the Blackhawks recalled two forwards this morning, while only sending one down.
The Blackhawks have recalled Joakim Nordstrom from Rockford (AHL).
The 21-year-old Swedish centre scored his fist career NHL goal on October 11 vs. the Islanders. It was the only point he recorded in eight games before being sent down. While in Rockford he registered five goals and one assist in 15 games.
Handzus recorded one assist in four games after returning from a hand injury, but will sit out tonight with an illness. Brandon Pirri will move back to the second line, Andrew Shaw shifts back to centre and Sheldon Brookbank will dress as the third line right winger.
Crawford allowed a single goal on 29 shots in a win over the Stars on Friday. It was his fourth consecutive win and also the third straight game he allowed just one goal. He finished October off 10-2-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .911 and now leads the NHL with 17 wins, two ahead of Antti Niemi.
In his first NHL start Raanta turned aside 20 of 22 shots in a 3-2 third period comeback win. He will go tonight against Mike Smith and the Coyotes. Phoenix currently ranks 4th in the NHL in scoring so he is not as inviting of a spot-start tonight as he was on Wednesday against Calgary.
Crawford allowed one goal on 25 shots in a win over the Oilers on Monday. It was his third straight win and 16th of the season. He is now 9-2-1 with a 2.62 GAA and .906 SV% in November. The matchup with the Stars is tough one, but he is already 1-0 vs. Dallas this season.
Ryan Malone (foot) was put on injured reserve with what is believed to be a chipped bone in his foot, sustained blocking a shot Friday against the Ducks.
Malone had already been ruled out for the weekend, so his placement on IR is no surprise. It allowed the Lightning to recall right wing Dana Tyrell from AHL Syracuse. If Malone does have a chipped bone, he will miss more than just the weekend. Monitor his status as the weekend approaches.
Oduya missed practice on Tuesday after blocking a shot in Monday's win over the Oilers. He is averaging 20:27 TOI on the Blackhawks second paring and is enjoying a strong start to the season. He has two goals and seven points in 25 games (on pace for 23 points), his career high is 29 in 2008-09.