Crawford (upper-body) is not on the ice for Blackhawks practice.
Crawford, who was originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, missed his start due to an upper-body injury and is danger of missing Thursday and Friday's back-to-back because of the injury. Antti Raanta will draw a second straight start on Thursday if Crawford is unavailable.
Versteeg (lower-body) will make his season debut on Tuesday.
Versteeg's three week timetable was right on as he returns 20 days after being injured. Versteeg will skate on the Hawks second line with Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane, which gives him a nice opportunity to produce right away. He had 10 goals and 19 assists (29 points) in 63 games after coming over from the Panthers last season.
The Blackhawks have recalled Scott Darling from Rockford (AHL).
Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper-body injury so Darling, 25, has been recalled to back-up Antti Raanta tonight vs. Philadelphia. Darling is 2-0-0 with a 1.44 GAA and .948 SV% in two starts with the IceHogs (AHL) this season.
Original reports were that Crawford was sick, but now head coach Joel Quenneville is calling him day-to-day with a UBI. Chicago has recalled Scott Darling from Rockford (AHL). Monitor Crawford's status leading up to Thursday's game.
Raanta will make his season debut on Tuesday; Corey Crawford has an upper-body injury.
Crawford was the Blackhawks confirmed starter on Monday, but got sick overnight and will not play tonight. So, Raanta gets the call against the Flyers. He was 13-5-4 with a 2.71 GAA and .897 SV% in his first NHL season. He makes for a solid spot-start option tonight.
Crawford, who is expected to start tonight is not at the Blackhawks morning skate.
The Blackahwks announced on Monday that Crawford was starting on Tuesday, but his absence from the morning skate makes us wonder if something may have happened to him. We will get a full update after the morning skate.
Crawford will start in goal vs. the Flyers on Tuesday.
Crawford stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 2-1 win over the Predators on Saturday. He will make his fifth straight start tomorrow against the 1-2-2 Flyers. Crawford has won three of four starts with a 1.66 GAA and .926 SV% so get him in your lineup tomorrow.
Versteeg (lower-body) is skating on the Blackhawks second line.
Versteeg has missed the first four games of the season, but he was back on the ice this morning and skated with Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane, which is a good sign that he could make his season debut Tuesday vs. Philadelphia.
Rozsival missed the first three games of the regular season, but will make his season debut on Saturday vs. Nashville. He is expected to replace Trevor van Riemsdyk in the lineup. Rozsival had one goal and seven assists (eight points) in 42 games a season ago.
Crawford draws the start for the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Crawford gave up two goals on 18 shots in the 2-1 OT loss to the Flames on Wednesday. It was n unexpected loss after the Hawks badly outplayed the Flames for the majority of the night. With the loss behind him he will set his sights on the Predators on Saturday night. He was 0-3-0 with a 3.73 GAA and .853 SV% vs. Nashville last year.
Crawford stopped 21 of 23 shots in the Blackhawks 6-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday. With three days rest in between games, the Hawks are able to come back with Crawford tonight vs. the Flames. He has started the season with two great performances and expect that to continue tonight vs. a Flames team playing in the second game of a back-to-back.
Crawford "is going to play a lot of games" says head coach Joel Quenneville.
The Blackhawks have just two back-to-backs in their next 18 games, which could set Crawford up to start 16 of the 18 contests. "It’s important we get off to a strong start," said coach Quenneville "When you've got a top guy and you've got time, you might as well play him." Crawford is off to a strong start this season, winning his first two starts with a 1.93 GAA and .930 SV%.