Friday evening, Sportsnet's Marc Spector reported that the Blackhawks turned in their 31-man roster for the NHL's 24-team postseason tournament and that Crawford was on it.
The two-time Stanley Cup champ was deemed "unfit to play" by Hawks head coach Jeremy Colliton in regard to his absence on Day 1. It didn't appear the netminder participated in the team's Phase 2 small group voluntary workouts ahead of Phase 3 training camp either, judging by team social media postings and website photos.
During the regular season, Crawford, 35, posted a 16-20-3 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 40 games, including 39 starts. Prior to goalie Robin Lehner being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights at the trade deadline, the two split Chicago's net pretty evenly.
Crawford is 48-37 all time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Hawks. In his postseason career he touts a 2.29 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
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If Crawford is indeed on the roster and traveling with the team and somehow able to get in game shape ahead of the start of Chicago's qualifying round series against Edmonton, the two-time NHL All-Star in net for the Western Conference's No. 12 Blackhawks would greatly improve their chance of upsetting the No. 5 Oilers on home ice.
The question is: Would he have enough time to get in game shape? According to Colliton, the Hawks have one more summer camp practice in Chicago on Saturday before traveling to Edmonton. They'll have another practice when they get to the hub city on Sunday, followed by a day off Monday, practice Tuesday, an exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, then two practices before the start of the series against the Oilers.
Goalies Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia look to have gotten the majority of the reps in the Blackhawks' training camp with Crawford out.
"Give Crow credit, he's always risen to the occasion," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews told Chicago media Thursday on a Zoom video conference call. "When he's gotten in tight spots or when he's been hurt, he comes back and plays great. I laugh, because the amount of preparation that a guy like me needs to go play at my best as opposed to a guy like Crow who can just pop in there, it's almost the expectation for him. And at the same time, it's not really fair.
"But we do feel confident in Subby, we do feel confident in Deals. Those guys are ready for the opportunity, they've played well when they've gotten NHL starts before. That's' all we can really do is play our best [defensive] hockey, help out our goaltenders. We know those guys can do the job and whatever happens to Crow, it's not fair to put that level of pressure on him right now."
Report: Corey Crawford on Blackhawks' 31-man postseason roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago