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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Corey Crawford to start vs. Stars

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marty Turco won't get the chance to face his former team Wednesday as Corey Crawford will start against the Dallas Stars.

Crawford has won his last six games, generating conversation that he may be the Hawks' No.1 goalie.

"Corey is playing and he deserves to," Turco said. "I have zero problem with it.

"If it was an Eastern Conference team and it was our only shot at them this year I might puff up my chest, but it's no big deal, really. I'm pretty sure I'll get a shot at them this year."

Coach Joel Quenneville said he's sticking with the hot hand.

"He's playing well. He has a little bit of a roll going, and we want to keep it going," Quenneville said.

Turco is 8-8-2 and has lost his last three. The Hawks parted ways with Antti Niemi, who helped lead them to the Stanley Cup last season, because his arbitration number was too high. Chicago signed Turco to a one-year deal to be the top goalie, but he's struggled.

The Hawks announced that Patrick Kane also will be out up to three weeks with a lower-body injury.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.