Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender Corey Crawford on IR

Corey Crawford

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. While the team would not get into details on exactly what the injury is, they have indicated that it is not serious and that the star goalie is week-to-week.

Cristiano Simonetta broke down the video and has apparently found the spot where Crawford was hurt. Crawford played the entire game in the Blackhawks 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender Corey Crawford on IR

Crawford has an 11-7-2 record in 21 games for the Blackhawks this season. He has a 2.29 goals-against-average, a .930 save percentage, and two shutouts. Crawford was one of the top goalies in the NHL in most statistical categories and was garnering talk of being a Vezina Trophy contender this season.

Crawford, 32, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Blackhawks. He is 225-122-45 with a 2.37 goals-against-average, a .919 save percentage and 23 shutouts in his NHL career. He has also backstopped the Hawks to two Stanley Cups. Crawford was a second-round pick, 52nd overall, by the Blackhawks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Crawford will be out at least seven days due to the injured reserve designation. Backup goaltender Anton Forsberg should see most of the action in that team. He is 1-2-2 on the season with a 3.67 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage.

Replacing Crawford’s spot on the roster is Jean-Francois Berube.  The Hawks recalled the goaltender from the Rockford Icehogs of the AHL.  Berube spent the last two season as a part-time backup with the New York Islanders. He was taken in the expansion draft by the Vegas Golden Knights before becoming a free agent and signing with Chicago.

 

Main Photo: CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 17: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks follows the action against the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center on January 17, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)