CHICAGO – Corey Crawford is "fine," according to Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who met with reporters prior to the game Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center.
Still, Crawford (day-to-day, upper body) will not play against the Kings. He also won’t be Ray Emery’s backup for the game (3:30 p.m., NBC). Henrik Karlsson will dress as the Blackhawks backup instead, as
Emery looks to keep an impressive streak going.
Since joining the Blackhawks last season, Emery has a 10-0-3 record at the Madhouse on Madison Street, including a 1-0-0 mark this year – after picking up the win in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks here on Friday.
"It’s nice to play consistently," Emery said. "As a goalie, you want to play as often as you can. You don’t want it to happen when another guy’s hurting, but I’m excited to play."
Those who’ve tracked the Blackhawks’ hot start to this season are excited to see if they can avoid a regulation loss in each of the next two games. If so, Chicago will tie the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks’ NHL record of 16-straight games to start a season with at least a point earned.
The Blackhawks’s 14-straight games without losing in regulation already has them tied with the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens and a win on Sunday against the Kings would tie them with the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers (15 straight).
Each of those three teams also won the Stanley Cup in the years they got off to such a great start.
"It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish," Emery said. "That’s the truth. It’s great in a short season to come out well, but it’s even better to finish well. Our next game’s L.A. and that’s all we’re thinking about."
In other Blackhawks news, injured forward Daniel Carcillo (knee sprain) continues to inch closer to returning. He won’t be in the lineup against the Kings – the team that he got injured playing against in the season-opener – but could make an appearance in the next week.
Meanwhile, defenseman Steve Montador (upper body) and forward Rostislav Olesz (lower body) continue to skate on their own in rehabilitation efforts. Here’s a look at how the Blackhawks and Kings might line up on Sunday afternoon:
Simon Gagne –Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Jeff Carter – Justin Williams
Dwight King – Mike Richards – Jordan Nolan
Dustin Penner – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis
Keaton Ellerby – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Davis Drewiske – Jake Muzzin
Scratches: Brad Richardson, Colin Fraser, Andrew Campbell
Injuries: Matt Greene (mid-body), Alec Martinez (upper body), Willie Mitchell (knee)
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Dave Bolland – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
Jamal Mayers – Marcus Kruger – Michael Frolik
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy – Sheldon Brookbank
Scratches: Brandon Bollig, Daniel Carcillo, Corey Crawford, Michal Rozsival
Injuries: Steve Montador (upper body)