ANAHEIM, Calif. - Corey Crawford arrived in California Tuesday night and got some news that admittedly made him a bit nervous.
Crawford was told by the Blackhawks that he will start Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks.
"I just got to come in and play my game, and just be focused and ready for every shot," said Crawford, who was an emergency recall with Cristobal Huet out with the flu.
Crawford has appeared in only seven games for the Hawks. He is 1-2-1 with his only win coming against the Ducks on March 5 in 2008 at the United Center.
The 52nd overall pick in 2003, Crawford was once considered the Hawks' goalie of the future. But he never really received a chance, especially with Nikolai Khabibulin and now Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi in front of him.
Crawford and Niemi competed for the backup spot behind Huet in the preseason, but Niemi got the nod because he would have had to clear waivers.
"Those two guys have been pretty good for us here," said Crawford, when asked if he's heard some of the recent criticism of the Hawks goaltending.
Crawford is focused on Wednesday's game and not thinking too much about adding himself to the mix.
"Right now, it's just a one-game thing," he said. "That's how I look at it, and I just come and be ready, be prepared. It's kind of nice to get a game."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville called it "a good opportunity" for Crawford, although he is also taking a one-game approach.
"He's played well all year," Quenneville said. "Organizationally, he's one of our top prospects. He hasn't gotten a chance to play all year. He's played here in the past and done alright. With the back-to-back games, we're giving him a chance."