The Chicago Blackhawks received some surprising news on Tuesday when Corey Crawford missed the team’s practice with a lower body injury, and on Wednesday it was revealed that the ailment will keep him on the shelf for two to three weeks.
That isn’t the biggest part of the story. How Crawford injured himself is:
Crawford, who had started 14 straight games for the Blackhawks and helped them to get 10 out of a possible 12 points on their recent circus trip, already missed a chunk of time earlier this season, so the Hawks have gotten a decent look at their back-ups. Antti Raanta will start for the Hawks on Wednesday against St. Louis, and Scott Darling was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs to back him up. Both goaltenders have a .933 save percentage so far on the year, and it would appear that both will get at least some action with Crawford gone.
As for the injury itself, it joins the pantheon of odd injuries that have happened to Chicago athletes. Kerry Wood’s hot tub incident, Sammy Sosa’s sneeze, and Kyle Farnsworth’s encounter with an oscillating fan all come to mind, and this one will certainly take its place among those weird ailments.