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Quenneville mum on Khabibulin's next chance

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  • Associated PressThe Blackhawks will go with goalie Corey Crawford, right, for Saturday's game, but head coach Joel Quenneville would not say if backup Nikolai Khabibulin will start Sunday's game.

      Associated PressThe Blackhawks will go with goalie Corey Crawford, right, for Saturday's game, but head coach Joel Quenneville would not say if backup Nikolai Khabibulin will start Sunday's game.

 
 

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is ready for anything this weekend.

Crawford will start Saturday night's game at Dallas, but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville refused to say who would be in goal on Sunday against Edmonton.

It could be Crawford getting both starts, although the turnaround is tougher than it was last weekend when Crawford played Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg and Sunday night against Calgary at the United Center.

More likely it will be Nikolai Khabibulin getting the start against his former team in the Oilers.

Khabibulin is coming off two rocky starts in a row, and hasn't played since Nov. 2, when he was pulled against Ottawa after allowing 4 goals in half the game.

"We'll see," Quenneville said Friday when asked about Sunday's goalie.

"We just take it game by game," Crawford said. "We're not even thinking about the second game. You've got to win the first one before you can start thinking about the second one.

"I felt pretty good in the last set of back-to-backs so there's no worries there."

Hammer time:

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has a lower body injury but made the trip to Dallas and is expected to play.

Hjalmarsson left Friday's practice early.

"He should be fine," Joel Quenneville said.

Feeling comfortable:

Rookie center Brandon Pirri is feeling more and more at ease in his second line role with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

"I'm getting more comfortable with the guys around here," Pirri said. "And I'm getting more chemistry with Kaner and Saad, which helps a lot. I'm starting to have confidence in myself to do what I can do and try to help the team."

Pirri has 3 goals and 6 points in 11 games and is plus-3.

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