Corey Crawford has been playing well so far this season. Not perfect by any stretch as he keeps leaving the crease and giving me heart attacks, but he is 3 and 0 and has stopped a ton of great shots so far. Starting him tonight was not the news I expected to hear. I figured with The Detroit Redwings coming to town Sunday Coach Joel Quenneville would definitely play Ray Emery tonight and let Crawford rest for Sunday. Any game against the hated Redwings is huge and since it is only the second home game I believe the fans deserve to see the #1 Goalie. So I hope to see the Crow in the net when I get to the United Center Sunday but having him playing back to back Division games makes me nervous.
I know Crawford has been working hard to redeem himself and changed his pre-game routine to get his head ready for each game, but if Q plays him both nights would that be too much too fast for him? He still seems to get easily rattled, and this kind of pressure could be overwhelming. Maybe Coach Q wants to see how Crow will take the pressure; the logic may be that since the season is so short, Crawford needs to be tested early and often. Call me a scardy cat but personally I don't think this is the right time. Crawford has let in too many soft goals and has made some glaring mistakes that without his awesome defense could have made our record far from the perfect one it is now.
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