Some major news across the NHL has come out, for those who are unfamiliar with the Blue Jackets news, they have lost Cam Atkinson and Alex Wennberg for 4-6 weeks, that was released I believe Saturday. But, today the Blackhawks have placed Corey Crawford on the injured reserve. What does this mean for both teams though? A major shakeup.
The Blue Jackets are now without three of their top six forwards, the Blue Jackets now call up Sonny Milano for the third line, Oliver Bjorkstrand moves up to the second line along with Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno. For Columbus to stay relevant and a top team in that already tough Metropolitan division, production from players like Josh Anderson, Bjorkstrand, Jenner, Nick Foligno is going to need to be increased. Their roles increase, their time on ice increases and right now Columbus are relying on these players heavily. Sergei Bobrovsky will for sure have to stand tall in between the pipes for Columbus and I’m confident Bob, can hold his own. With these two hitting the IR recently that makes it the fifth player for the Blue Jackets to list on the IR this year. They are already without Zach Werenski and Ryan Murray on the backend and Brandon Dubinsky on the front end after he injured his eye in a fight. The injury bug has caught Columbus this season and this is a major test of this teams resilience now.
Chicago places Corey Crawford on the IR, a goaltender who is fourth in goal against, and third in save percentage, now hits the IR with an undisclosed injury. Crawford left the game vs New Jersey last Saturday and nothing was released after that. Chicago now calls up Jeff Glass who is expected to back up Anton Forsberg. Glass plays for the AHL Rockford team, up to this point he is 10-4-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .917 save percentage. Crawford missed three games earlier this month already and right when the Blackhawks were getting their winning ways back, this news does not help. I’m not too sure how well the Hawks will be able to continue their recent success, without Crawford.