Corey Crawford started the last game, a 6-2 road loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at Pepsi Center, before being pulled after two periods for Emery. Crawford allowed five of the six goals in the first regulation loss of the season for the Blackhawks (21-1-3), but coach Joel Quenneville said his performance wasn't the reason he didn't get the nod.
Emery's play during a 3-2 Blackhawks win against the Oilers on Feb. 25 at United Center did appear to factor into the decision.
"Both guys have been very good, so that's a good argument for whoever's playing," Quenneville said in a pre-game meeting with reporters on Sunday afternoon. "Ray played well against these guys the other day and he's played well. [Crawford] will get back in there soon, too. We don't see him sitting there too long."
Crawford went into that game against the Avs ranked first in the League in goals-against average, but saw his numbers rise a tick after Colorado scored four times in the second period against him. Crawford is now tied for third in the National Hockey League in wins (11), ranks second with a 1.81 GAA and third with a .930 save percentage.
Emery, meanwhile, is 10-0-0 and became the first goalie in NHL history to rattle off wins in his first 10 starts of a season after beating Colorado 3-2 last Wednesday in Chicago -- the last game in an unprecedented string of 24 straight the Blackhawks earned a point in to start this season.
"I think both guys had good consideration for playing [against Edmonton]," Quenneville said. "That's all part of it. I thought Ray came in and did a nice job, as well, later in that game [against the Avs on Friday]. It's just that I’m very comfortable with [whomever's] in the net and [I'm] giving Ray a chance."