CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will sit out the team’s final preseason game Saturday because of lower-body stiffness, but he is expected to play in Tuesday's season opener, coach Joel Quenneville said.
“Crow was a little stiff [Friday] after practice, just more precautionary,” Quenneville said after Saturday’s morning skate at the United Center. “Crow should be fine.”
Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will start in the preseason game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs to back up Khabibulin on Saturday.
Crawford, who ha splayed in two preseason games, participated in the team’s morning skate Saturday.
Crawford received a six-year, $36-million extension in the offseason after helping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last season. He was 19-5-5 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in the regular season. He was 16-7 with a 1.84 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in 23 playoff games.