Crawford returned to the ice Saturday for the first time since March 14 when the Hawks played the Los Angeles Kings. He has been out with an apparent head injury, though it is not known if the injury occurred during that game.
To my untrained eye, Crawford seems to be taking a lot of breaks. Quick spurts of activity. I figure he hasn't worked out much last 2 weeks.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 2, 2016
Corey Crawford off as #Blackhawks practice is about to get under way. As expected, he's not ready to practice with the team yet.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 2, 2016
Crawford, 31, has posted a career-best 35-18-4 record with a 2.32 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 57 games this season. His seven shutouts lead the league, while he is tied for third in wins and third in save percentage. Prior to the injury, the 31-year-old goaltender allowed 11 goals in his last three starts.
With Crawford out, backup Scott Darling has gone 4-3 in eight starts, including victories on a back-to-back during the Hawks' four-game road trip. The Hawks also recalled Michael Leighton when Crawford went down with his injury, but the all-time AHL shutout leader has yet to make a start. Leighton stopped 16 shots in a relief appearance March 22 against Dallas.