Corey Crawford leaves game in 1st period with “lower body” injury
By Brad Vandenberk
After losing a close affair against the Ducks on Friday, it was time for the Hawks to play their final eastern conference match against the Florida Panthers at the UC. This would be the first visit for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen since being traded down south. This was also Kris Versteeg’s first game against his old team playing for his old team. Fatigue seems to be creeping its ugly head into the dressing room of the Hawks. They are currently suffering from a 3-game losing streak. Though, they have battled in all 3 games to try and stay atop the western conference. There was some good news coming into this game. Bryan Bickell has begun skating again and is close to a return. Andrew Shaw did play in this game after missing the last 2 with an upper body injury. Michael Kostka was back on the Hawks roster after being activated off the IR. Finally Nikolai Khabibulin is working his tail off in the gym, but is still some time away from returning.