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Chicago will “talk about” replacing Crawford with Emery in goal

Crawford Emery

The Vancouver Canucks did it, so did the Florida Panthers.

Will the Chicago Blackhawks be the next team to make a goaltending change?

They might, according to CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers. Shortly before the team departed for Phoenix on Friday, head coach Joel Quenneville remained non-committal about who his Game 5 starter would be.

“We’ll talk about it,” Crawford said of his timeline for a decision. “We don’t foresee making an announcement.”

Corey Crawford has started all four games thus far, compiling below-average numbers: a 1-3 record with a .900 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average.

His biggest issues, though, have come in overtime, where he’s allowed a pair of questionable markers to Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker:

Crawford was visibly disappointed after allowing the second of Boedker’s game-winning tallies.

“I was just playing it like a breakaway,” he said. “He came in and I don’t know how it went through there. I don’t know.”

Crawford’s poor play is just one of the reasons why Quenneville might turn to Emery. The 29-year-old has also had success against Phoenix this year, making three appearances against the Coyotes while posting a 1.52 GAA/.927 save percentage.

And lest we forget, Emery has experience taking the starting gig from Crawford and going on a run. In mid-December he was handed the reins and ripped off a five-game winning streak -- plus, there’s his extensive playoff experience. He backstopped Ottawa to the Cup finals in 2007 and has 36 playoff games on his resume.