No news isn’t necessarily good news for the Blackhawks. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t been on the ice since he was put on injured reserve Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury. Same for center Artem Anisimov, who was placed on IR with an upper-body injury two days later. “No news,” coach Joel Quenneville said when asked for an update on Crawford. As for Anisimov, Quenneville said “we’ll see” whether he returns to the ice before the team’s five-day break that begins Jan. 15. “Guys being hurt, that’s part of the business,” Quenneville said Sunday before the Hawks topped the Oilers 4-1. “You deal with it. We know how important (Crawford) was to our team all year, but it’s a huge opportunity for other guys. … We’ve had some years relatively injury-free. This year was looking pretty clean for a while, but they can happen.” Crawford was among the league leaders in goals-against average (2.27) and save percentage (.929) when his season came to a sudden halt after the Christmas break. He had been pulled in the first period of the last game before the break, Dec. 23 against the Devils, after allowing three goals on seven shots.
No news on Corey Crawford, Artem Anisimov not necessarily good news for Blackhawks
Chicago Tribune | Jan 8