Head coach Joel Quenneville surprised some today when he informed the assembled media after this morning’s skate of his intentions to start Corey Crawford tonight when the Nashville Predators make their maiden 2010-11 season voyage to United Center.
This should come as little shock to anyone. As we mentioned here last week, this is the same coach who sat Cristobal Huet, a year ago tonight (technically tomorrow, the 14th), when Nikolai Khabibulin made his return with his new team, the Edmonton Oilers.
The rest is history. The Hawks played spectacularly in front of Antti Niemi, defeating the Oilers and Khabibulin 4-3. Niemi was nothing special that evening. But he was good enough. Huet watched from the bench. And a goaltending “controversy” was born.
Quenneville’s choice to start Crawford back-to-back after the team’s first win of the season in Buffalo does make sense if you think in logical terms.