It’s been almost 10 months since goalie Corey Crawford has started an NHL game. He last played on December 23rd, 2017. 4 days later, the 33 year old was placed on injury reserve with a concussion. After the concussion, Crawford suffered from Post-Concussion syndrome, where symptoms can last for more than a year after the initial concussion. This disorder is most known for ending the career of former NHLer Marc Savard, after the infamous hit from Matt Cooke. It’s been a long time coming for the Blackhawks, but Crawford will make his official return tonight vs. the Arizona Coyotes.
Last season, Crow was having one of his best seasons yet. Through 28 games, Crawford was 16-9-2 with a .927 save percentage. The Blackhawks were 18-13-1 while in a strong position to fight for a wildcard spot. After placing Corey on Injured Reserve, the Hawks went on to miss the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, breaking the 2nd longest active playoff streak at the time. The Blackhawks are very happy to have their elite goaltender back in between the pipes.
His return has been long awaited and it’ll be interesting to see if he can return to form. Keep an eye on the Hawks as Crawford could be the backbone of a team looking for a major comeback after last season.