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Crawford to start in goal, Pisani out vs. Kings

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craw.jpgLOS ANGELES -- Corey Crawford's recent string of success meant another start for the backup goalie. Crawford will be in net Saturday when the Hawks meet the Kings at the Staples Center.

Crawford turned away 26 of 27 shots Friday in a 4-1 over the Ducks at the Honda Center. The game Saturday in LA will be the first time Crawford has made back-to-back starts in consecutive nights in the NHL since 2007-08 when he faced the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings.

"He played well last game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He deserved a chance to get right back in there. ... It shows we think he can be a top goalie in our league. Hopefully, he can take advantage of it."

Crawford had back-to-back starts earlier this season, defeating the Sabres in Buffalo, but losing to the Predators two days later.

"I will take as many starts as I can get," Crawford said. "I felt pretty good last and I was lucky enough to get another start. I take it as a positive."

Crawford is trying his best not to look too far ahead. He's won his last three starts, while starter Marty Turco has allowed 11 goals in his last two games after recording his first shutout as a Hawk.

"I'm not trying to look into it too much," Crawford said. "I'll just try to keep playing my game and focus on being in position and being big. After that, just reacting. All the rest of the stuff, I don't have to worry about that. I'll just worry about my game."

In injury news, Fernando Pisani will miss Saturday's game against the Kings with an upper-body injury. He had settled in on the third line with Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell.

Defenseman John Scott is expected to take his place up front, but is likely to play on the fourth line. Scott last played on Nov. 10.

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