Thursday, Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville announced Corey Crawford will get the start in goal Friday in San Jose.
This will be Crawford's first start since his abysmal start in Edmonton last Thursdsy. Crawford surrendered 5 of Edmonton's 8 (!) goals that night, and has been watching Ray Emery in the two games since.
I wrote earlier this week that Emery should get the bulk of the starts for at least the rest of this trip, and I still believe that. However, if there is one game for Crawford to start, this is the one. He had perhaps his finest performance of the season in a 1-0 loss in San Jose on November 23rd.
It will be interesting to see how the Hawks respond here. They've lost 6 in a row, and have spent the last couple of days "getting back to basics" both on the ice in practice and in film sessions.
Apparently, the power play has been a big point of focus...and it should be. Opponents have figured out how to stop the Hawks overload power play approach (you know...Kane on the half boards, rotating, waiting for the back door pass). I'd expect the Hawks to use more of a shooting based power play. They need to simplify at this point. A couple of garbage goals could really help get the proverbial monkey off their backs, and get some confidence back on what should be an elite power play unit.
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