Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Blackhawks tapped the service of Rockford IceHogs netminder Henrik Karlsson to replace injured goaltender Corey Crawford, the team announced Friday.
Crawford, who’s nursing an upper-body injury, skipped the morning skate as the ‘Hawks prepared for Friday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
“He’s out for today, day-to-day, upper body,” coach Joel Quenneville said after Friday’s morning skate. “Didn’t feel great (after Thursday’s) practice. That’s where he’s at.”
Roy Emery will continue to assume the starting role but the presence of a solid backup netminder will be crucial for the Blackhawks.
The 29-year-old Karlsson had a 2-2-0 with a 2.23 GAA and a .919 save percentage with the IceHogs this season.
“Well, he’s big,” Quenneville said of the 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson. “He’s got some NHL games under his belt. He looked all right in practice today, too, so he gives us a nice addition to line up as far as the organization, as well, when we picked him up a couple weeks ago.”