Crawford day-to-day with upper body injury
Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.
Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford to be Ray Emery’s backup on Friday against San Jose. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson was acquired from Calgary on Jan. 21 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
Crawford is believed to have been hurt late in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Anaheim when he was run over by Bobby Ryan. It’s believed he suffered a concussion.
“He didn’t feel great after practice (on Thursday),” Quenneville said. “I don’t know if that was it or (if it happened in) practice. I don’t know if there was a defining blow.”
The 29-year-old Karlsson appeared in 26 games in his Flames career, going 5-9-8 with a .905 save percentage. He was 2-2 at Rockford with a 2.23 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
“It’s always a little bit weird when a guy gets injured, but this is where I want to be,” Karlsson said. “Obviously I’m a pretty big guy so I just want play a modern style of goaltending, try to block as many shots as possible and be square to the puck.
“I’m just happy Chicago wanted me (because) I needed to move from Calgary. I had two great learning years there. I’m just glad to get a fresh start here. I don’t want to be no bad excuses or open any bad doors, but it was a tough situation (sitting behind Miikka Kiprusoff). I learned a lot and came out of it a better goalie.”
Quenneville wouldn’t say if Crawford would be available to play Sunday afternoon against Los Angeles at the United Center.