Crawford Hurt, Leighton Recalled

Thursday morning the Blackhawks announced Corey Crawford will not travel with the team to Winnipeg for Friday night’s game because of an upper-body injury. Chicago recalled Michael Leighton from Rockford.

Crawford has been one of the top netminders in the NHL this season, posting a 35-18-4 record with a .926 save percentage and 2.32 goals against average. But he hasn’t been as sharp in March, recording a 2-2-1 record with a .901 save percentage in five starts; he was removed half-way through the Hawks loss in Dallas.

Leighton, 35, has a 28-8-8 record with a .918 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average in 46 starts with Rockford this season. Earlier this season, Leighton broke the AHL career record when he recorded his 46th career shutout.

Mac Carruth was subsequently recalled by Rockford, who are in Rosemont to play the Wolves on Friday night.

7 thoughts on “Crawford Hurt, Leighton Recalled

  • March 17, 2016 at 11:18 am
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    Uh oh, this is not good news at all. We can only hope it is a minor problem….

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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    Craw needs rest and we need Darling to be sharp for the post season. I’m not worried. Darls and Leighton can handle Winnipeg.

  • March 17, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    looked to me like he pulled a groin (upper body?) in st louis and has moved carefully like he was protecting something since: he goes down too early and is too deep in his crease and doesn’t protect his post when he is in a bad streak and or not confident: this results in goals like lucic’s where he should be up and have the angle cut and there would be no corner to shoot at: I hope they rest him past what he needs now as we will need him when the real season starts unless darling shows that predator form from last playoffs in which case I would ride darling

    toews head shot is troubling: I think he has been fighting concussion symptoms for a while which partly explains the fall off of his line and his play: I would like to see the hawks take that old detroit page and start resting the big guns now as they will be needed in april and hopefully may and june

  • March 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    Rest him a week, give him a few weeks to round back into form for the last few games. If Crow is really hurt this team is screwed!

  • March 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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    yep just as i predicted, the only weak spot for Hawks is our back up. And I saw this coming, with all these great additions it was “time” bad luck but time for CROW to get banged up with all the shots he faces every night and with little of no protection in the crease. BUT this is very good for the HAWKS. Crow needs a lot of rest wins matter little here, Hawks home ice as i’ve said for years is nothing, just the line change advantage at home is the advantage.

  • March 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    Fucking shootouts. With the 3 on 3 they can get rid of them. Teams do not deserve 2 pts if they cant score in 3 on 3. Extra rest is blessing in disguise. Trying to stay positive during a diff. stretch.

  • March 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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    I watched a good part of the Philly game,.,.i took a couple things away from it
    1 I saw 15,and 16 ,floating around at times ,in our end when Philly was pressing.
    2 Fleischmann really lackes finish,with him being on top line he has to be better.
    3 Darling ,could not see 2 of the goals and the other was just a real good odd man rush for Philly with no Hawk picking up the trailing Flyer.
    4 Darling played a solid game,Hawks hit a couple posts crossbar.
    5 That was a game we should have won.

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