Goalie Nods: Crawford, Blackhawks look to remain perfect vs. Wild


All the latest from the blue paint…

Crawford and Wild meet again

Corey Crawford made 42 saves as the Blackhawks doubled up the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. He is now 14-5-2, including postseason, in his last 21 games against Minnesota to go along with a 1.94 goals-against average. Crawford is now 4-3-1 with a 2.98 G.A.A. in eight games since returning from a lower body injury. He was 12-5-1 with a 1.87 G.A.A. prior to being sidelined.

Niklas Backstrom will get the start for the Wild. He is 0-2-0 with a 3.56 G.A.A. and a .877 save percentage in the first two games of the season series. Backstrom is 2-9-1 with a 3.59 G.A.A. in his last 12 starts versus Chicago.

Other probable starters…

Panthers at Oilers: Roberto Luongo (confirmed) vs. Ben Scrivens

Jets at Ducks: Michael Hutchinson vs. Frederik Andersen