Crawford saved 25 of 28 shots during a loss to Columbus on Friday.
The veteran goaltender owns a disappointing .886 save percentage and 3.35 GAA to start the season, and he has just a single victory. Unfortunately, there has been significant roster turnover in front of Crawford, and the Blackhawks have allowed 18 goals through five games, including an alarming 11 power-play tallies. Over the long haul, Crawford and Chicago are likely to figure it out, but after being a high-end netminder for much of the past five years, Crawford might slip into the middle tier in 2016-17.
Crawford will get the start in goal in Friday's road game against the Blue Jackets, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Crawford hasn't been great thus far this season, posting a 1-2-0 record with an unsightly 3.41 GAA and .884 save percentage over his first three starts of the campaign. The 31-year-old netminder will have a prime opportunity to bounce back Friday in a cushy road matchup with a Blue Jackets team that is 0-2-0 at home this season.
Crawford halted 23 of 27 shots in Tuesday's win over the visiting Flyers.
Crawford entered the contest with a save percentage of .898 in a pair of starts. But when the final horn blared, you could hear the collective sigh of relief from the goalie's fantasy owners. He held on after allowing four unanswered goals in the second half of the contest, including the game-tying score early in the third. Clearly, the night belonged to 37-year-old forward Marian Hossa, whose power-play marker in the second stanza counted as his 500th career goal.
Crawford has gotten off to a bit of a slow start this season, going 0-2-0 in the first two contests while surrendering three goals in each of them. He'll look to get things rolling against a Philadelphia squad that will be without the services of Brayden Schenn, who's serving the final game of a three-game suspension to begin the season.
Crawford is winless through a pair of starts this season. He's allowed six goals on 59 shots for a 3.10 goals-against average.
Crawford will be fine. The Blackhawks started the season with six rookie skaters on the roster, and it will take time for the bottom-six lines to click on a consistent basis. Saturday's game was a step in the right direction, as backup goalie Scott Darling received five goals of support in a revenge win over the Predators.