Three key players are set to miss time with injuries that are more serious than was initially reported by their teams.
The Blackhawks, losers of three-of-four, will have to break out of their slump without the help of Corey Crawford. Chicago’s No. 1 stopper needs three weeks to nurse a groin injury suffered in Sunday night’s win over Florida.
With Nikolai Khabibulin already on the sidelines, rookie Antti Raanta, the team’s third stringer, steps into the breach, starting tonight in Dallas. He’s been solid in limited exposure this season, going 3-0-1, including a 29-save effort in relief of Crawford on Sunday. Kent Simpson, who was Raanta’s understudy with Rockford of the AHL, has been recalled by the Hawks to serve as the team’s backup.