For the second time this month, the Blackhawks have placed Corey Crawford on injured reserve. In a corresponding move, Jeff Glass has been recalled from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.
Joel Quenneville told the traveling media in Vancouver on Wednesday that it's an upper-body injury for Crawford, and he will be out indefinitely.
Coach Q says Corey Crawford (upper body) is out indefinitely. Will have a better idea of timetable for return when he gets back on the ice. #Blackhawks— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 28, 2017
Crawford had won five straight games since returning to the lineup, and allowed two goals or fewer in each of them.
Crawford, 32, was putting together a strong case for the Vezina Trophy, owning a 16-9-2 record with a 2.27 goals against average and a .929 save percentage that ranks second in the league among goaltenders with at least 15 starts.
Glass, 32, has yet to make his NHL debut but he's been playing well as of late. He's 10-4-2 with a 2.60 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 18 appearances this season for the IceHogs, and has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last eight games.
The Blackhawks also recalled David Kampf from Rockford to help add some scoring depth up front. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 30 games this season with the IceHogs, and has seven points in his last seven games.
The 22-year-old Czech Republic native is known to be a strong skater and can finish plays around the net with his powerful shot, which is something the Blackhawks could certainly use.
Kampf signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Blackhawks over the summer.