Crawford (foot) will start on Saturday vs. Columbus.
Crawford missed the last eight games with a foot injury, but will be back between the pipes tonight in Columbus. He allowed one goal on 20 shots in a win over the Kings in his last start (Nov. 29th). He has yet to face the Blue Jackets this season, but enters Nationwide Arena at 7-3-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .932 SV% on the road this season.
Keith missed Tuesday’s game with an illness, but he was back at practice this afternoon which is a good sign that he will be back in the lineup tomorrow vs. the Blue Jackets. Keith has registered 18 points (6G / 12A) with a plus-10 rating in 31 games this season.
The Blackhawks have sent Scott Darling back to Rockford (AHL).
Darling was great during his call-up. He started four straight games, going 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA and .939 SV%. Antti Raanta started the last two and Corey Crawford is on the verge of returning to the lineup, so Darling heads back to the AHL for the time being.
Raanta stopped 23 of 24 shots in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Flames. After watching Scott Darling make four straight starts, Raanta will get back-to-back starts as he takes on Minnesota tonight. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.85 GAA and .944 SV% on the season.
The Blackhawks recalled Joakim Nordstrom from Rockford (AHL).
Nordstrom, 22, registered two assists in 10 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 17 games with Rockford he had eight goals and five assists (13 points). The trading of Jeremy Morin moves Nordstrom up one-spot on the depth chart.
Erixon was acquired from the Blue Jackets for Jeremy Morin this morning and will make his Hawks debut tonight vs. the Flames. Erixon had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus before being dealt.
Raanta allowed three goals on 41 shots in the Hawks’ win over the Canadiens back on December 5th. Scott Darling started the last four games, including last night, but Raanta will be back in tonight vs.the Flames. Raanta is undefeated at home (3-0-0) with a 1.33 GAA and .965 SV% this season.
The Blackhawks have sent Klas Dahlbeck back to Rockford (AHL).
Dahlbeck, 23, had one goal in four games with the Blackhawks. He heads back to the AHL where he has six points (2G / 4A) in 22 games. The addition of Tim Erixon likely squeezed Dahlbeck backed to the minors.
The Blackhawks have acquired Tim Erixon from the Blue Jackets for Jeremy Morin.
Erixon, 23, is used to changing NHL organizations. He was drafted 23rd overall by the Flames in 2009. He then moved to the Rangers before ending up with Columbus, so he he now with his fourth NHL team in five years. He had one goal and six assists in 19 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He spent the majority of last season in the AHL, collecting 38 points (5G / 33A) in 40 games.
Crawford (foot) will not play Sunday; expected to be ready next week.
Crawford will miss his sixth and seventh straight game this weekend, but should be back next week. They have the Wild on Tuesday, but after that they are off until Saturday vs. the Blue Jackets. Monitor his status next week.
Toews left Thursday’s game after being hit from behind by Dennis Seidenberg. Toews said he was fine after the hit and passed all concussion protocol that night, but was held out as a precaution. He will be in the lineup tonight vs. the Isles. Toews has 23 points (11G / 12A) in 29 games.
Darling makes his fourth straight start for the Blackhawks.
Darling stopped 32 of 34 shots in the Blackhawks 3-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday. Since being recalled, Darling has won all three starts with a 1.62 GAA and .945 SV%. The entire team is on fire right now, but he draws a tough matchup on the road vs. the Islanders and their fourth ranked offence.
Toews left Thursday's game after being hit from behind and did not return.
Toews was hit head-first into the end-board by Bruins' blueliner Dennis Seidenberg. Toews was shaken up and left the game late in the second period. Seidenberg was assessed a two-minute minor on the play, but is expected to avoid suspension. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. “Looks like he’s going to be all right.”