The Chicago Blackhawks currently sit tied for the longest streak of games in which they earned at least a point to begin a season, with 16. They are currently tops in the league, with a 13-0-3 record. And they’ve done so without a couple of key players in the lineup of late.
Corey Crawford has missed over a week with an upper body injury. That very well could have been a concussion or neck injury of some sort sustained after Bobby Ryan trucked him. Crawford had stayed in that game, but he hasn’t seen action since, with Ray Emery manning the crease admirably.
The injury for Crawford hasn’t been believed to be anything serious and he could be cleared as early as Friday. Which means we’ll see him on the bench, since Emery is ready to roll against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. That could open the door for Crawford to make his return to game action on Friday.
Brent Seabrook missed Wednesday night’s game after taking a shot to the groin area (and we all know what that means) last weekend. Like Crawford, he came back out and finished the game, but was unable to give it a go later in the week. He should be ready to return to action on Friday as well.
Then there’s Marian Hossa, easily the biggest concern of them all. Hossa took another blow to the head, this one courtesy of Jannik Hansen‘s elbow. Hossa laid face down on the ice for some time before stumbling to the locker room. The surprising thing is that he could be ready by Friday as well.
It will be interesting to see if they give Hossa the green light on Friday after the head injury, or if they give him an extra couple of days to get it all together. Then again, taking him out of the game on Wednesday may have been more precautionary than anything, just in case.
Assuming all goes well, the Blackhawks will have a completely healthy roster when the Sharks invade the United Center. Which bodes well for them as they look to make history and complete their 17th game in a row earning at least a point.