Corey Crawford will make his second consecutive start in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at the United Center.
Crawford is coming off performance during the Hawks' 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night when the netminder had 20 saves in his first action after watching backup Ray Emery play six consecutive games. He said he wasn't looking beyond Monday's game as to how the goaltender situation would play itself out.
Also possibly back in the lineup is rookie center Marcus Kruger, who missed one game after suffering a concussion last Tuesday night against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
"I'm feeling good," Kruger said. "I'm glad to be back out there and looking forward to (the game)."
Kruger said he "respects the league's suspension" of the Penguins' Deryk Engelland, who is forced to miss three games after the illegal hit that sent Kruger crashing into the boards.
Meanwhile, veteran Daniel Carcillo skated for the first time in 10 days after suffering an upper body injury Dec. 14 against the Minnesota Wild that will cause the winger to miss his fifth consecutive game Monday night.
"They want to get me to get a few skates in," Carcillo said. "That's what I'm going to do the next few days. With an injury you just have to try your best to stay in shape and then when you get an opportunity to come back in the lineup you just try and make the most of it."
Carcillo, who refused to comment on the injury itself or how he sustained it, said he hopes to play Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
"The sooner the better," he said. "Obviously, I want to be playing."
The Hawks recalled center Brandon Pirri from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Monday. The rookie wasn't at the morning skate and it's unclear whether he will play against the Blue Jackets.
One-timer: Defenseman John Scott welcomed the birth of his first child, Eva Magdalene Scott, who was born in Chicago on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.