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Corey Crawford will start vs. Stars; Carter Hutton will back him up

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DALLAS -- The Blackhawks' plan was to have Corey Crawford, who was coming off a strong performance against the St. Louis Blues, start against the Stars in Dallas on Friday.

But if Ray Emery was still sick, who would back him up?

The Hawks recalled Carter Hutton from the Rockford IceHogs Friday with Emery apparently still recovering from an illness. Emery, who had started six games in a row, missed practice Thursday at Johnny's IceHouse West. Assistant equipment manager Jimmy Heintzelman donned Emery's jersey and took over in one goal during the practice.

"Jimmy was great," coach Joel Quenneville joked afterward. "I think the guys had fun."

But regardless of how Emery was feeling, Quenneville had planned to give the nod to Crawford after he stopped all 18 shots he faced and all three Blues in the shootout in the Hawk's 4-3 shootout victory on Tuesday.

"Getting the win in that type of environment was big for (Crawford)," Quenneville said. "He did what he had to do. We had confidence at one point he could get the net back and here we are.

"He did it for us last year. We've had confidence [in him] all year long. I'm sure he was disappointed that he didn't get a chance to play [for a while]. Ray did a good job, and now here we go."

Crawford was chased in his last two starts, allowing three goals on 10 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 29 and four on 10 against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 25.

Hutton, 26, signed a one-year contract with the Hawks on Feb. 24, making him eligible to be recalled if needed. Hutton has compiled a 17-9-3 record with two shutouts and a .915 save percentage in 32 regular-season games with the IceHogs this season.

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Fire Little Bowman.

If should have kept Niemi.

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