Crawford, 25, made the team this year as the backup to Marty Turco. He will get his first chance to prove himself this season Monday night, getting the start against the Buffalo Sabres.
"I'm just anxious to go here," Crawford said. "I'll worry about my job. We have confidence in here. We'll just worry about what we can do on the ice and the results will come after."
Turco started the Hawks' first two games, losing both. But the decision to start Crawford was planned and had little to do with Turco's defeats.
"We want to get him in early," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He had a real good training camp. I think he deserves a chance a play. He looks he's ready for a challenge.
"Marty is not struggling. When I look back to the start of the year, we targeted this game [for Crawford to start]."
Patrick Sharp will play against the Sabres after sitting out Saturday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The center said he was "jarred" in a collision with Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson in the season opener.
"It was a tough game to miss," Sharp said of the home opener against the Wings.