Crawford (groin) won't suit up for Saturday's game versus the Predators, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports. Crawford hurt his groin in Friday's game versus the Stars, so the Blackhawks don't want to risk further injury. Kevin Lankinen will serve as the backup to Cam Ward. Crawford will end the season with a .908 save percentage, a 2.93 GAA and a 14-18-5 record.
Crawford's removal from Friday's game against the Stars was due to a groin injury, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Blackhawks reportedly had plans to go with Crawford in the season finale against the Predators on Saturday, but as noted by Lieser, Cam Ward will most likely be called into action in back-to-back games to cap off the 2018-19 campaign. No stranger to adversity, Crawford overcame concussion problems and appeared in 16 of the last 17 games, only for the injury bug to rear its ugly head once again Friday night. Still, it's too early to know how severe the injury to Crawford is at the moment.
Crawford was replaced by Cam Ward in the second period of Friday's game versus the Stars, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports. It's not readily apparent why Crawford left the game, as he had stopped all nine shots up to that point there wasn't an obvious injury. However, he didn't stay on the bench after being pulled, signaling he could be injured. More information should come out soon, and the Blackhawks will need to call up another goalie from AHL Rockford if Crawford can't go Saturday versus the Predators.
Crawford will patrol the crease in Friday's home game against the Stars, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Crawford has struggled a bit recently, suffering back-to-back overtime losses while posting a sub-par 3.28 GAA and .896 save percentage over that span. The veteran netminder will look to get back on track and pick up his 15th win of the season in a home matchup with a Dallas team that's only averaging 2.28 goals per game on the road this campaign, 29th in the NHL.
Crawford allowed four goals on 38 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets. It's the second straight game Crawford has managed to scratch out just one point for the Blackhawks. Crawford's record slid to 14-18-5 with a 2.96 GAA and a .907 save percentage. With the Blackhawks hanging by a thread in the playoff hunt, Cam Ward may see more time over the season's final week once their fate is decided.
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