CHICAGO – Corey Crawford didn't allow a goal and picked up his eighth victory on Sunday night at United Center, but Ray Emery will be in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Chicago (15-0-3) still hasn't lost a game in regulation and is riding a National Hockey League record streak of 18 games with at least a point earned to start a season.
Emery (7-0-0) and Crawford (8-0-3) have both been outstanding options for Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who watched the latter pick up his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday – which was his first game back since the injury occurred Feb. 12 against the Anaheim Ducks.
"Corey's coming off the injury and we were waiting to see how it went [Sunday] night," Quenneville said, prior to Chicago playing the Oilers at United Center. "He had a full workload and I thought he handled it well. So, Ray's going tonight."
Crawford will back up Emery on the bench and Quenneville said he didn't have any regression in his injury stemming from his performance against Columbus. Dave Bolland, who normally centers the second line, won't suit up for the Blackhawks with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Bolland was apparently injured in the second period of a 2-1 win last Friday night against the San Jose Sharks – which set the NHL record for consecutive games to start a season with at least a point earned.
Marcus Kruger played in Bolland's spot on Sunday against Columbus and will likely line up there to start against Edmonton. Bolland hasn't skated on his own since the injury, but the plan is for that to happen relatively soon.
"Hopefully this week we'll get him back out there," Quenneville said.