LOS ANGELES — Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t played in back-to-back games in consecutive days all season, but that’s about to change on Saturday.
Coach Joel Quenneville will turn to Crawford against the Kings at the Staples Center, a day after the Hawks rallied from a dramatic 6-5 victory against the Ducks on Friday.
Backup Ray Emery has gotten the start in the second game of back-to-back nights every time prior to Saturday. But since the game against the Ducks was in the afternoon, Crawford has had more time to rest.
“It’s our first one this year,” Quenneville said. “Last year, [he played in] several at the end. We had a day and a half here to give us some time. We want to keep that momentum coming off those last two games. We got the win [against the Ducks] and he had a good game in San Jose [on Wednesday].”
There were lineup changes as Daniel Carcillo was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. John Scott was inserted at forward after sitting out against the Ducks. Ben Smith and Sami Lepisto were the other two scratches.