Crawford signed a two-year, $7.8 million contract with the Devils on Friday.
Crawford posted a 2.77 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 40 appearances with the Blackhawks last season. He spent 10 years as the primary starter in Chicago, amassing a 260-162-53 record with a 2.45 GAA and a .918 save percentage in his NHL career. With the Devils, Crawford will likely compete with MacKenzie Blackwood for playing time, a situation that could result in a fairly even split of games. He'll likely be a mid-tier fantasy option on a rebuilding Devils team that projects to have a tough road ahead in the Metropolitan Division for 2020-21.
General manager Stan Bowman announced Thursday the Blackhawks will not be re-signing Crawford this offseason.
This news comes as a bit of a shock, as many believed Crawford re-signing with the Blackhawks was a foregone conclusion when the 35-year-old netminder publicly stated playing time was more important to him than salary at this stage of his career. It's an end of an era for Chicago, who drafted Crawford with the 52nd overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and deployed him as a full-time starter for 10 seasons spanning from 2010 to 2020, two of which ended with Stanley Cup championships. The Montreal native still believes he can be a No.1 option for an NHL club, and he'll garner plenty of interest on the open market.
Crawford gave up four goals on 39 shots in a 4-3 loss to Vegas in Tuesday's Game 5.
Crawford was once again peppered with pucks as Vegas erased two separate deficits in the contest. Alex Tuch would put Vegas ahead early in the third period, and the Blackhawks' luck ran out. Crawford faced 30-plus shots in four out of five games during the series -- he allowed 15 goals on 187 shots for a .920 save percentage. Crawford is an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Crawford is set to start in goal for Tuesday's Game 5 versus Vegas, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Crawford has staved off elimination once already, stopping 48 of 49 shots in Game 4 to keep the Blackhawks' season going. He'll likely have to bring a similar performance if he's going to force a Game 6.
Crawford stopped 48 of 49 shots Sunday in a 3-1 win over Vegas in Game 4.
The Blackhawks were badly outshot in this one but Crawford was a stabilizing influence from beginning to end. As a result Chicago was able to stave off elimination for at least one more game. Crawford doesn't possess the prettiest numbers this postseason -- his save percentage is a pedestrian .908 through eight games -- but he has produced big saves at big moments against both Edmonton and Vegas. He'll be back between the pipes Tuesday in Game 5.
Crawford will guard the crease for Sunday's Game 4 with the Golden Knights, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Crawford remains the Blackhawks go-to netminder despite falling behind 3-0 in the series. So far, the Golden Knights have notched 10 goals on 99 shots against him. He'll look to fight off elimination and extend the series Sunday.
Crawford yielded two goals on 26 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Golden Knights in Saturday's Game 3.
Crawford was strong in goal, but he wasn't better than Marc-Andre Fleury at the other end of the rink. The 35-year-old Crawford has allowed 10 goals on 99 shots in three games during the series. He'll more than likely start the second half of a back-to-back in Sunday's must-win Game 4.
Crawford will defend the net against the Golden Knights during Saturday's Game 3, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Crawford has been peppered with rubber in each of the first two games of this series, and he allowed four goals in each contest despite making a combined 65 saves. This is a must-win game for the Blackhawks, so it's not surprising that they're rolling with Crawford on the first half of back-to-back matchups.
Crawford made 35 saves in a 4-3 OT loss to Vegas on Thursday in Game 2.
He didn't have much of a chance on the winner. Crawford's teammates over-pressured the puck carrier down the left wall and the Vegas player snuck into the slot and redirected the puck past him. Crawford looked every part a Cup champ against the Oilers, but those tricks haven't worked as well against the much better Golden Knights. The Hawks are down 2-0 in the series.
Crawford will defend the blue paint during Thursday's Game 2 against the Golden Knights.
Crawford struggled in Game 1, surrendering four goals, two of which were of the "soft" variety, on 34 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The 35-year-old vet will try to bounce back and help his team even up the series in a matchup with a Vegas squad that will be without Max Pacioretty (undisclosed). The Golden Knights' leading scorer during the regular season has been deemed unfit to play just one game after making his postseason debut.
Crawford gave up four goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Crawford could have done better on the opening goal by Shea Theodore and the first of two Reilly Smith tallies in the third period. The 35-year-old Crawford has allowed 19 goals through five games during the playoffs, but he represents the Blackhawks' best option in net. DFS managers may want to avoid Crawford against Vegas' high-powered offense.
Crawford will patrol the crease during Tuesday's Game 1 versus Vegas, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Crawford was shaky through the first three games of Chicago's qualifying-round series, but he stood on his head during Game 4, stopping 43 of 45 shots en route to a series-clinching victory. The 35-year-old backstop will need to carry that form into Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round matchup with the Golden Knights in order to have a shot at picking up his fourth win of the postseason, as Vegas' offense was nearly unstoppable during round-robin play, averaging 5.00 goals per game.
Crawford made 43 saves on 45 shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Oilers in Game 4.
Crawford picked a great time to produce his best game of the series, as his herculean effort was enough to help the Blackhawks lock down a 3-1 series win. The 35-year-old goalie leaked 15 goals in the four-game series, but plenty of goal support from his offense got him the necessary wins. Expect Crawford to be the primary starter in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Crawford will start Game 4 on Friday against Edmonton, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
Crawford allowed three goals on 28 shots in Game 3 but still came away with the win. With a chance to close out the series Friday, expect the 35-year-old to be locked in for Game 4. Crawford will be opposed by Mikko Koskinen.
Crawford stopped 25 of 28 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Oilers in Game 3.
It looked like Crawford was going to take a second straight defeat until the Blackhawks scored twice in the final six minutes to get the win. Crawford has allowed 13 goals on 92 shots, an .859 save percentage, through three games, but he's picked up two wins. Expect the 35-year-old to be back between the pipes Friday in Game 4 as the Blackhawks attempt to clinch the series.
Crawford will play in goal in Wednesday's Game 3 versus the Oilers, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Crawford has been anything but steady through the first two games of the series, allowing 10 goals on 64 shots. The Blackhawks' defense as a whole will need to clamp down in their own zone if they are to slow down the Oilers' elite forward group and make things easier for the 35-year-old.
Crawford yielded six goals on 35 shots in a Game 2 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
Crawford gave up a hat trick to Connor McDavid in the contest. It was another shaky effort for the 35-year-old, who has given up 10 goals on 64 shots in two games. Crawford still gives the Blackhawks the best chance to win, and it's likely he'll start again in Wednesday's Game 3.
Crawford will patrol the crease for Monday's contest against the Oilers, Carter Baum of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Crawford gave up four goals on 29 shots Saturday but managed to escape with the Game 1 victory. Still, the Blackhawks expect the 35-year-old veteran to turn in a better performance as the series goes on and be a stabilizing force as the team pushes to upset the Oilers.
Crawford made 25 saves in a 6-4 win over the Oilers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Saturday.
Crawford was good enough to get the win. He allowed three goals to the epic Oilers power play, including one just a couple minutes into the game. Things got tense late in the third when he gave up two in just 36 seconds, but Crawford held on to the win. This series is a match of two ugly defensive teams, so both twinetenders will be busy. Crawford's Stanley Cup pedigree could prove a difference maker in this series, which resumes Monday.
Crawford will guard the goal during Saturday's Game 1 against Edmonton, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Crawford missed most of training camp after testing postive for COVID-19, but he looked sharp during Wednesday's exhibition game against St. Louis. The 35-year-old played well in two starts against the Oilers during the regular season, picking up a pair of wins while posting a 2.01 GAA and .923 save percentage.
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