Colliton: 'There is no time frame' on Crawford's recovery after concussion

 
 
Updated 12/28/2018 6:10 PM
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  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford looks up the score board during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Chicago.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford looks up the score board during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Chicago.

It's been almost two weeks since Corey Crawford suffered a concussion and was placed on injured reserve by the Blackhawks.

Over that time, the team hasn't given much -- if any -- of an update on their No. 1 goaltender's condition. Coach Jeremy Colliton has reached out to Crawford via texts, but is not pushing for an answer as to when Crawford might be able to return.

"That's part of what my experience (is) going through this," said Colliton, who retired at age 28 due to multiple concussions. "There is no time frame. You get better when you get better, and putting pressure or me asking him every day how he's feeling, that serves no purpose.

"When he feels better, I'll know. And then we'll proceed accordingly."

In the meantime, Collin Delia has likely taken over the No. 1 job thanks to impressive performances in victories over Colorado and Minnesota. Delia has stopped 81 of 84 shots and should get the net again when the Hawks play at Colorado on Saturday.

Colliton also said he will give no preferential treatment to veteran Cam Ward when the Hawks play Boston at South Bend in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

"We have to try to win the game," Colliton said. "That's the biggest thing. We need the points."

Power up:

The Hawks (2-for-4) scored multiple goals on the power play for the first time this season during their 5-2 win over Minnesota on Thursday. The power play is also 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) over the last eight games.

"I thought we were trending in the right way; puck just wasn't going in the net (before)," said coach Jeremy Colliton. "You look back at that Montreal game (when the Hawks went 1-for-8 on Dec. 9), probably could have scored two or three that game. And then (Thursday), we made some plays and we had our chances."

Despite the recent run of success, though, the Hawks still rank 27th on the power play at 14.3 percent.

Slap shots:

Marcus Kruger (concussion) was activated off injured reserve, and Jacob Nilsson was assigned to Rockford. Defenseman Brandon Davidson (knee) said he should be able to come off IR by the time the Hawks play at the Islanders on Jan. 3. ... Brent Seabrook sat out Friday's practice with an illness, but he traveled to Colorado. … Jonathan Toews recorded his 400th assist during the Hawks' victory over Minnesota on Thursday, tying him with Pierre Pilote for eighth in franchise history. … Dylan Strome has 5 points (G, 4A) in his last two games. He has 6 goals and 5 assists in 16 games since the Hawks acquired him from Arizona in the Nick Schmaltz trade. Strome had 3 goals and 3 assists in 20 games with the Coyotes.

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