On Tuesday morning, the Blackhawks announced that goaltender Corey Crawford has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 3.
Crawford had an emergency appendectomy in Philadelphia on Saturday. He has a 12-6-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .927 save percentage and two shutouts in 20 games played this season. Crawford was able to fly home to Chicago with the team after the matinee loss to the Flyers.
Lars Johansson will serve as the backup with Scott Darling getting the bulk of the work in Crawford’s absence.