When it comes to the Blackhawks' goaltending situation, it's a case of what have you done for the team lately. Coming off his second shutout of the season, Ray Emery was back in goal against the Predators on Sunday night at the United Center. It marked the first time this season Emery started both ends of a back-to-back while Corey Crawford served as the backup. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, it appears there is no clear-cut No. 1 goalie for the Hawks as coach Joel Quenneville is riding the hot hand. When asked his timetable for establishing either Crawford or Emery as his main goalie for the playoffs, Quenneville was noncommittal, saying, "Those decisions will be made by what's going on." There has been no drop-off when Emery has gotten the call over Crawford as he improved to 14-1-0 this season after backstopping the Hawks' 5-3 victory over the Predators on Sunday. Crawford is 15-4-4. "Every game is a different night," Emery said. "I just have to prepare for what's at hand. I like to play whenever I get the chance." Wild night: Patrick Sharp missed his 14th consecutive game with a left shoulder injury but likely will return when the Hawks face the Wild on Tuesday night in Minnesota. Quenneville said Sharp "is really close. I expect him here this week." The coach added that there is a good chance Sharp will make the trip to Minnesota.
Hawks' Quenneville riding hot hand in goal
Chicago Tribune | Apr 8