National Hockey League Hockey Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

Can Blackhawks count on Corey Crawford returning to top form?

Can Blackhawks count on Corey Crawford returning to top form?
Published On: Fri, Apr 13
May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks have repeatedly stated that they expect Corey Crawford to be 100 percent healthy and ready to go by training camp after missing the final 47 games of this season with an upper-body injury.

That's Step 1.

Step 2 is projecting whether or not he can return to an elite level.

It's a fair question to wonder and an even greater challenge to figure out, because the Blackhawks saw down the stretch how important he is to their team.

"None of us can predict the future, so I'm not going to get into the, 'How do I know' anything," general manager Stan Bowman said. "We have expectations that he's going to be the same goalie that he's been. I think if you look back at the last probably three to four seasons, Corey's been getting better every year. You look back at where he was in 2013 and I think there's no way we win the Stanley Cup that year or in 2015 [without him]."

Crawford was 16-9-2 with a .929 save percentage in 28 appearances before going down. J-F Berube, Anton Forsberg, Jeff Glass and Collin Delia combined to go 17-30-8 with a .902 save percentage in Crawford's absence. The drop-off was noticeable, especially when it came to quality scoring chances allowed.

Since 2012-13, Crawford has the third-best high-danger save percentage (81.48) at 5-on-5 among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 250 games over that span, according to corsica.hockey. Only Sergei Bobrovsky (83.18) and Carey Price (82.63) are above him.

That's great company.

"Stan mentioned the importance of him and what he has been to our team and our organization," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You can just see from the way things went this year how valuable he really is. That stuff will all be discussed as we're going forward here.

Read the complete news article here...


More Featured News

Ducks GM made it clear Carlyle will be back for another season
Published On: Sun, Apr 22
Randy Carlyle's job is apparently safe for now.Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray made it clear Saturday during his exit interview that his head coach will return next season, but said he's a...
Barzal, Boeser, Keller are 2018 Calder Trophy finalists
Published On: Sun, Apr 22
Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes have been named as the three finalists for the 2018 Calder Trophy. The awar...
Rask 'ready to roll' for Bruins against Maple Leafs in Game 6
Published On: Sun, Apr 22
Tuukka Rask will start for the Boston Bruins against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Monday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN).The B...
Bruins' Rask: 'Probably could have stopped more pucks with my eyes closed'
Published On: Sun, Apr 22
With a sterling 31-save showing in a Boston victory in Game 4 against Toronto, Tuukka Rask was the No. 1 story for the Bruins heading into Game 5. Coming out of that Game 5, Rask was once again the...
Ducks' Kesler had to learn 'how to basically skate again' after hip surgery
Published On: Sat, Apr 21
The 2017-18 season was a lost one for Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler.He missed the first half of the regular season after undergoing offseason hip surgery, playing in just 44 games and picking u...
Coyotes To Sign Defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin
Published On: Sat, Apr 21
With the KHL season over, there continue to be numerous rumors connecting foreign free agents, young and old, with interested NHL teams. Trusted European hockey insider Igor Eronko of NHL.com says ...
Bergeron skates, could return for Bruins in Game 5 against Maple Leafs
Published On: Sat, Apr 21
Patrice Bergeron could play for the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).The center...
Bruins' Cassidy 'anticipates' Bergeron will play Game 5
Published On: Sat, Apr 21
All signs are pointing toward Patrice Bergeron returning to the Boston Bruins' lineup for Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday."Looked good this morning, I anticipate he'll play," Bru...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts