In the Blackhawks' final tuneup for the 2013-14 regular season it was Nikolai Khabibulin — not Corey Crawford — in goal.

Crawford had been scheduled to start against the Capitals in Saturday night's exhibition game and participated in the morning skate but he sat out for what coach Joel Quenneville said were "precautionary" reasons. Quenneville said Crawford had stiffness after Friday's practice but would be ready for the regular-season opener against the Capitals on Tuesday night at the United Center.

"Crawford should be fine" Quenneville said adding that he isn't worried Crawford will be rusty for the opener after not having played since last Sunday. "He's been on the ice every day. He hasn't missed any time."