The Chicago Blackhawks are in a surprising hole against the Detroit Red Wings and being down a game in the series has many wondering if netmidner Corey Crawford is going to be replaced by Ray Emery anytime soon. The short answer is with a but, the long answer is yes with and if — no, the Blackhawks don’t plan on replacing Crawford between the pipes but that can change if he’s lit up for a third straight game.
Chicago will replace Crawford if he struggles again against the Red Wings but according to the Chicago Tribune, the Blackhawks will be sticking with Crawford in net and “aren’t talking” about Ray Emery just yet.
Per The Chicago Tribune:
Asked if he would consider Ray Emery for Game 4, Quenneville replied: “We’re not talking about that right now. (Corey Crawford) is fine.
Crawford had managed to get the Blackhawks past the Minnesota Wild after starting for the injured Emery to start the playoffs. But he’s run into a rough patch and has allowed seven goals in the last two games and is facing a third consecutive loss when the puck drops on Game 4 in Joe Louis Arena. Crawford isn’t the worst netminder in the NHL by far, but he’s proven to be inconsistent in the past.
However, Crawford has been able to bounce back from slumps and the Blackhawks are banking big time that he can do that very thing in Game 4 and avoid Chicago falling into a devastating 3-1 hole.