Another injury blow has been dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks last night. The Blackhawks will be without their starting goaltender for an undetermined amount of time due to a knee sprain suffered on Wednesday night.
Nikolai Khabibulin (John P.) left the game versus Columbus, in the midst of a rout, with a knee sprain. The team has called up minor-league keeper, Corey Crawford (non-pool) to back-up Patrick Lalime (Box 12) for the time being.
The Blackhawks currently sit 9 points out of the playoffs in 14th spot in the West and the loss of Khabibulin may send their playoff hopes into a tailspin. The word also circulating around the Russian keeper is that he is the target of the Ottawa Senators before the trade deadline, arguably if they are out of the Peter Forsberg (Wes) sweepstakes. If the injury to the 'Bulin Wall isn't too severe, the Senators will likely make a play for him in the coming days.
UPDATE (1:58pm MT): The Blackhawks website indicates that Khabibulin will be out of the line-up for 1-2 weeks.