The Blackhawks announced that goaltender Corey Crawford will not travel to Winnipeg for their tilt against the Jets on Friday at 7 p.m. on CSN due to an upper-body injury. He's listed as day-to-day.
Due to Crawford's injury, Michael Leighton has been recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
In 46 starts with Rockford this season, Leighton, 34, is 28-8-8 with a 2.44 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Earlier in March, he set the AHL record by recording his 46th career shutout.
Leighton owns a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 goals against average and .901 save percentage in 105 career NHL games. He's also 8-4 in 16 postseason contests.
He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft.
Crawford is having his best season as a pro, carrying a 35-18-4 record with a 2.32 goals against average and .926 save percentage, which ranks fourth among goaltenders. His 35 wins is a new career-high and ranks second in the league this season, trailing only Washington's Braden Holtby (42).
Crawford also has seven shutouts this year, two more than the second-best goaltender, and is expected to be a Vezina Trophy finalist as the league's top goaltender.