Blackhawks' Crawford expected back to start season

Reuters

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford missed the final 47 games of last season but should be ready to start the 2018-19 regular season, general manager Stan Bowman told reporters Thursday.

Crawford was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 1 with a lower-body injury and returned to action on Dec. 8. He played in seven games before landing on IR again on Dec. 27 with what the team termed "an upper-body" injury that sidelined him the rest of the season.

While the Blackhawks never specified Crawford's injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in January that the 33-year-old was suffering from "vertigo-like symptoms."

"We expect Corey to be back. There's no reason to think that won't happen," Bowman said. "But as far as any other things at this point in the summer, all the players are preparing for next season. Corey's in that same preparation mode."

The Blackhawks went on a skid once Crawford went down, finishing the season 33-39-10 and missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

While on the ice last season, Crawford posted a .929 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average. In his absence, the Blackhawks used five different goaltenders to try to replace him.

--Field Level Media

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