No. There is no goalie controversy in Chicago.
Did that blow the suspense? Sorry.
The Blackhawks surprised many by deciding on giving rookie Corey Crawford a second consecutive start on Wednesday night against Nashville. After giving up two quick goals in Buffalo, Crawford settled down and played 55 solid minutes in the Blackhawks first win of the new year, and certainly earned another start.
But there is no goalie controversy.
Wednesday begins a stretch for the Blackhawks in which they play seven games in 10 days. The games begin against last year’s Central Division runner-up, and includes playoffs teams Buffalo and Vancouver. The up-and-coming St. Louis Blues play the Blackhawks twice in two weeks, and Columbus plays the Hawks twice as well.
The early season schedule is just heating up.
By playing Crawford on Wednesday night, coach Joel Quenneville is setting up his goalie rotation for this tight stretch of games. Because Crawford played well against Buffalo, he likely earned a start when the Sabres come to Chicago on Saturday. That would likely mean Marty Turco would start Friday in Columbus and Monday against St. Louis.
Turco hasn’t been exceptional, but he hasn’t been bad. This isn’t a scenario like the Hawks had last year where Cristobal Huet was legitimately awful early on; Quenneville is simply getting both of his goalies into action during a tough part of the schedule.