ANAHEIM, Calif. - Corey Crawford is getting the start in goal for the Blackhawks tonight against the Ducks at Honda Center.
"It's a good opportunity for him," coach Joel Quenneville said following Wednesday morning skate. "He's played well all year (at Rockford) and organizationally he's one of the top prospects and hasn't had a chance to play all year. With the back-to-back games we're giving him a chance."
So could Crawford now be the third wheel in the Hawks' goalie derby to be the playoff starter with Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet?
"It's one game and that's how we're approaching it," Quenneville said. "It's just a chance for him to play. He's played real well for a strong segment of games down there. We're only looking at one game so we'll see."
Adam Burish admitted that a fresh face in goal could be what the Hawks need to provide them with a lift after what has been a tough stretch of games.
"Guys like Corey. A lot of us have played with him in the minors and in training camp," Burish said. "He's a heck of a goalie. At the start of the year it could have been him or Niemi here so I don't think it's a matter of confidence. I don't think guys are not confident (in the goalie situation) with him being up.
"It's kind of exciting to get a new face in the lineup, especially at that position," Burish added. "I think it could be a little bit of a lift. Usually when you have a new guys back there you tend to play a little more desperate and we need to do that."
Crawford's first and only career win in the NHL came against the Ducks on March 5, 2008, when he shut them out 3-0 at the United Center. Crawford was 1-2-1 in 7 appearances in the NHL before Wednesday.
"Right now it's just a one-game thing," Crawford said. "That's how I look at it. I just have to come in and be prepared and be ready."