On Friday the Blackhawks announced that starting goaltender Corey Crawford has been placed on IR. The Hawks have recalled Jean-Francois Berube from Rockford. Reports later on Friday are that Crawford’s issue is week-to-week, and that he will likely miss between 1-3 weeks.
Crawford is 11-7-2 with a 2.29 GAA and .930 SV% in 21 appearances. He played 60:51 in the Hawks’ overtime loss to Dallas at the United Center on Thursday night, stopping 31 of 35. Without question, Crawford has been the Blackhawks’ most valuable player this season and is arguably a Vezina consideration to this point.
Berube is 6-6-0 with a 2.54 goals against average and .913 save percentage with two shutouts for the IceHogs this season.
This is obviously an enormous blow to the Hawks as they try to claw their way back into playoff contention.