Crawford to start in goal vs. Wings

CHICAGO --Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will start against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the game.

Sunday will mark the first time Crawford has played in back-to-back games this season. He also started in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. He allowed two goals and made 24 saves in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

“He’s played well this week,” Quenneville said. “We’re going to keep him going. He looks quick. He’s got some momentum as well. We’re going to give him a crack tonight.”

Crawford leads the NHL with a 4-0-0 record, is ninth with a 1.99 goals-against average and is tied for 12th with a .923 save percentage

Backup goaltender Ray Emery has played once in the team’s first five games. He made 25 saves and allowed four goals in a 6-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 20.

Quenneville expects Emery to play on the Blackhawks’ upcoming road trip. Their next six games are away from home.

“We got three (games) in four nights,” Quenneville said. “I’m sure that Ray is going to get at least a game. I don’t want to look too far ahead, but Corey has been deserving to keep it going. We’ll see how it goes.”

The Blackhawks are shooting Sunday for a franchise-record six consecutive win to begin a season. They matched the 1971-72 team with their fifth consecutive win on Saturday.