Emery figures to get shot at being Hawks' No. 1 goalie

Updated 2/5/2012 8:43 PM

It appears as if it's going to be Ray Emery's net for the next little while, possibly longer.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville won't announce his starting goalie for Tuesday's game at Colorado until Monday, but it would be a surprise if it wasn't Emery.


Emery gave the Hawks a chance to win in Friday's 3-1 loss at Calgary, while Crawford's last game wasn't one of his best, an 8-4 loss at Edmonton on Thursday.

The way it stands, the Hawks' No. 1 goalie job could be there for Emery to grab.

"Crow's had the bulk of the action all year," Quenneville said. "Ray is coming off a good game and Crow had it tough in Edmonton. I don't want to forecast or say exactly how it's going to play out, but Ray's done a good job and Crow, we've got to get some confidence."

Crawford said Sunday he was searching for answers with his game.

"We're trying to figure that out," Crawford said. "We're looking for answers and working hard in practice. I've just got to battle through it, keep working hard and stay focused.

"I don't think that's the case, where teams are figuring me out or something like that. The main problem, like I've said, is consistency."

Jury still out:

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Joel Quenneville didn't exactly give Brendan Morrison a rousing endorsement Sunday when asked if he still was trying to find the best way to use the Hawks' newest addition.

Morrison centered the fourth line at Calgary on Friday and played only 11 minutes.

"We gave him (time) with (Patrick) Sharp and (Marian) Hossa right off the bat, a couple games there," Quenneville said. "He does some good things. I still think he's useful in ways.

"Right now we're still trying to get four lines that are predictable and we're comfortable with."

Good news:

There was a report that Andrew Brunette's upper-body injury was serious, but that's apparently not the case.

Brunette will be on the road trip this week, Joel Quenneville said.

"He was really uncomfortable there for a few days, but he's feeling better, much better," Quenneville said.