Before the game in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was rushed to hospital for an emergency appendectomy. It sounds like everything went okay for the keeper, but usually the recovery for this injury is a couple weeks and that was pretty well what the team had figured in their last release, as they expect him to miss 2-to-3 weeks.
The Blackhawks also had to make an emergency signing of an Amateur Tryout, just so they had someone to back up Scott Darling in the game, which had to be fun for those involved.
With 12 wins and 2 shutouts in 18 games this season, Crawford currently ranks 10th in pool scoring with 28 points to his name. it has been a pretty good season, as the Blackhawks have sat upon the top of the NHL standings at a few points already this season and are currently tied in points with the Rangers for top spot.
This is a pretty heavy blow to Marcin's team, who will get a goalie to help on Monday, as the Waiver Draft picks will go live then. It couldn't have come live at a better time for him, even though, he has a back-up in Montreal and not quite a starter. Nevertheless, he isn't without a healthy goalie at the start of play next week.
Marcin's team will also open the week, still in 3rd place, 7 points back of 2nd and 7 points up on 4th, in comfy position, to say the least.