The Chicago Blackhawks got some good news and bad news on the injury front Tuesday morning.
Let’s start with the good news: Corey Crawford joined the team for their morning skate for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy Dec. 3.
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While Crawford won’t start Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators, coach Joel Quenneville made it seem as if Crawford would make his return Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche, per The Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.
Scott Darling will start his 10th straight game in relief of Crawford Tuesday night. The backup from Lemont, Ill., has been pretty darn good during these tough circumstances. He’s gone 6-2-1 in the previous nine starts with 1.56 goals against average and an incredible .949 save percentage. Crawford gave his teammate plenty of props Tuesday.
“He’s been great,” Crawford said, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers. “He stole a few games there, some great performances, made some big saves in the other games, too.”
Now to the bad news: Artem Anisimov will not play Tuesday and remains “day-to-day,” with an upper-body injury suffered during Saturday’s win over the St. Louis Blues.
The day-to-day designation doesn’t sound overly serious. But remember, Jonathan Toews was day-to-day with his mysterious back injury that cost him three weeks of the season. Clearly, Anisimov isn’t healing as quickly as expected.
The Blackhawks can’t seem to stay fully healthy, but have found a way to climb atop the entire league with 48 points.
Just imagine what could happen if the Hawks get some good injury luck.