Corey Crawford to start Friday
SAN JOSE -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will get a chance to break the team's season-high six-game losing streak when the Hawks take on the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, coach Joel Quenneville announced on Thursday.
Crawford sat for two games in favor of Ray Emery after being pulled in his last start, an 8-4 loss to Edmonton last week.
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Crawford "played great in here last game," Quenneville said of a 1-0 loss to the Sharks in November. "I thought he had a real strong game. Ray was in there the last two games and we're going to need both guys and so he gets back in the net."
Emery was on the losing end of a 5-2 game in Colorado on Tuesday as well as a 3-1 loss to Calgary last weekend while Crawford started in net for the previous four losses.
Quenneville declared defenseman Steve Montador "doubtful" for Friday's game with an upper body injury but said Niklas Hjalmarsson should play. Hjalmarsson missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday with an illness.
The Hawks are in the midst of a nine game road trip. They've lost the first four games earning one point out of a possible eight.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.