Blackhawks place Crawford on IR, recall Berube from Rockford

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve today.  The Blackhawks have not disclosed the nature of Crawford’s injury.  In a corresponding move, the team has recalled goalie Jean Francois Berube from the Rockford Ice Hogs.  Berube is expected to backup Anton Forsberg for the duration of Crawford’s absence.

Crawford has been quietly putting up a Vezina-worthy season.  He is currently 11-7-2 with a 2.29 goals against average and .930 save percentage that is currently fourth in the entire league.  It is still not clear how and at what point Crawford sustained his injury during last night’s, 4-3 overtine loss to the Dallas Stars.  Crawford finished the game, and showed no signs of injury, although he was slow to recover after a play during a penalty kill in the first period.

Forsberg, who currently serves as the Blackhawks’ backup goalie, will likely start Saturday’s tilt against the Stars.  He is currently 1-2-2 with a 3.67 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.  Forsberg was acquired in a trade that sent Brandon Saad back to Chicago and sent Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Berube, who has been playing in Rockford, is currently 6-6-0 with a 2.54 goals against average and .913 save percentage in the AHL.  He will likely start Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.

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