Michal Rozsival underwent successful surgery on his fractured left ankle, the Blackhawks announced on Tuesday.
Team physicial Dr. Michael Terry, who performed the surgery with Dr. Bradley Merk, said in a statement that, “the procedure went very well and we anticipate [Rozsival] returning to full hockey activities in approximately 12-16 weeks.”
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Rozsival broke his ankle on Thursday, in Game 4 of the Blackhawks’ second-round series against the Minnesota Wild. He was ruled out for the rest of this postseason the following day.
While Rozsival had an up-and-down regular season he was having a good series against the Wild. He was also playing anywhere from 15-18 minutes a game, something the Blackhawks will have to replace in his absence. David Rundblad will take Rozsival’s place – and will be paired with Duncan Keith – when the Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final. Dates and times of the series have yet to be announced.
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Corey Crawford was officially activated from injured reserve on Thursday and will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes.
"It’s exciting," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."
The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.
"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."
To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks have assigned forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.
For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.
Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.