Crawford allowed two goals on 29 shots in the Blackhawks win over the Avalanche on Wednesday. Crawford has posted a 2.09 GAA and .926 SV% in 12 November starts, but that has only translated into seven wins. Tonight, he will face a Ducks team who have won three in row and sit at 14-4-5.
Raanta (illness) is waiting for his next start…again.
Raanta had been scheduled to start against the Oilers but illness denied him that opportunity. Raanta was back on Tuesday, practicing for the first time since the Blackhawks’ morning skate on Saturday. He won’t start on Wednesday against Colorado. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see if Raanta starts one of the back-to-back games (Anaheim and Los Angeles) coming at the end of the trip.
Crawford allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Blackhawks loss to the Canucks on Sunday. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Crawford. He has been great in 15 games for the Hawks, winning nine while posting a 1.98 GAA and .926 SV%. He will face an Avalanche who have won four of their last five.
Shaw (upper-body) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Shaw has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury but should be back on Wednesday. He was reportedly close to returning on Sunday, but with Phillip Danault getting sent back to Rockford (AHL), it seems like a lock that Shaw will return.
The Blackhawks have sent Phillip Danault back to Rockford (AHL).
Danault, 21, failed to register a point in either of his first two NHL games. His return to the AHL means that Andrew Shaw must be ready to go on Wednesday in Colorado. Danault has 10 points (3G / 7A) in 14 games with Rockford.
Crawford allowed one goal on 25 shots in the Hawks 7-1 win over the Oilers last night. He was not scheduled to start the contest, but ended up getting the call because Antti Raanta got sick. He was spotted a 2-0 lead less than five minutes in a coasted to a win. It will be a much more difficult night tonight in Vancouver.
Crawford started Saturday's game because Antti Raanta is dealing with an illness.
Raanta was scheduled to start his first game in nearly one month, but did not end up starting because he was "not feeling well". Crawford has gone 5-4-0 with a 2.11 GAA and .925 SV% in the month of November. If you accidentally left him in your lineup, you’re lucky because he draws a beauty of a matchup vs. the Oilers.
Shaw will miss his second straight game with an upper body injury. The injury is not believed to be serious, but he will miss another game and that allows the recently recalled Phillip Danault to make his NHL debut.
Raanta will be back in the crease after waiting nearly one month between starts. In his last start he allowed three goals on 31 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Blues on October 25th. He has gone 1-2-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .933 SV% in his brief time this season. He draws a strong matchup but the long layoff may lead to some rust.
Adam Clendening will make his NHL debut on Thursday.
Clendening, 22, was recalled when Trevor van Riemsdyk went out with a knee injury and should be able to stick with the Hawks in TVR’s spot for the next 3-4 months. Clendening is an averaged sized with above average offensive instincts. He can move the puck around with ease, which is why he will see second power-play minutes in his debut.