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Crawford back in net, Kruger out with concussion

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Crawford back in net, Kruger out with concussion

Corey Crawford will be back in net but Marcus Kruger is out with a concussion when the Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the United Center.

This will be Crawford's first start since Dec. 5 as the No. 1 netminder has been working on his game for a few weeks after encountering some trouble. Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford would've started tonight regardless of what happened last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Corey shouldnt put too much pressure on himself, that its one game or that he has to play great. Just be comfortable. Youre back in net, play your game and be comfortable," Quenneville said of Crawford. "We dont want to change how we play (in front of the goaltender), no matter whos in the net."

Brandon Pirri, who was called up from Rockford this morning, will be in the lineup tonight.

Daniel Carcillo was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to when he was hurt last week against the Minnesota Wild. Quenneville said Carcillo has been feeling better these last few days.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.