The Chicago Blackhawks have been without their top two netminders since December 8. Corey Crawford was injured during the first period as the ‘Hawks took on the Florida Panthers and he hasn’t started a game since. He appears to be on track to return in line with the initial three-week timetable though, and could be back at practice for Chicago following the winter break.
Corey Crawford skated on his own again today. Q again said Crawford should start practicing after the break. #Blackhawks
— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) December 22, 2013
Without Crawford, the Blackhawks have continued to roll. They’ve gone 4-1-1 (5-1-1 if you count the Florida contest) without their No. 1 and No. 2 goalies, and Antti Raanta has been consistently strong for Chicago. He’s only given up more than two goals once this season, and that came in a meltdown game against the Toronto Maple Leads on December 14.
Crawford is 17-6-3 on the year for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Despite being without their top two netminders, Chicago is still one of the top teams in the NHL once again. They trail the Anaheim Ducks by a single point for the Western Conference lead, and they are the top squad in the Central Division by four points.