Hopefully all of this injury shit is confined to the start of the season, when the ‘Hawks had five days to heel up and get back in gear.

♦   Corey Crawford practiced today with a sore groin, and he’s not certain if he can go against Winnipeg tomorrow night. Crawford downplayed it and said he’ll decide at the morning skate how healthy he is, but there’s no reason to rush back for the third game of the season. In fact, it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to sit Crawford either Thursday or Saturday against Boston anyway even if he was healthy.

The humorous part, though, is that Ray Emery also missed Wednesday’s practice with the flu. To counter that, the Blackhawks recalled Alexander Salak to either start or be the backup against the Jets. With all the hullabaloo over the backup goaltender, we all may get a chance to see what Salak is all about. Then if he posts a shutout, we can read 19 more blogs about whether or not Salak will replace Emery even after Emery is done vomiting. Yippy.

♦   As expected, Brandon Saad was sent to Saginaw of the OHL where I’ve been tearing him apart in Be A Pro mode in NHL 12 we all hope he shines, then comes back ready to make the big club next season. With Dan Carcillo, Viktor Stalberg and hopefully Ben Smith ready to go, Saad had to head to Sagnasty to clear some room and continue his development.

♦   The greatest part of my day was finding out Sean O’Donnell is a Seinfeld fan. Now I’ve got to start thinking of the best quote to say to him if/when I meet him.

♦   I’m excited to see what CarBomb can bring to the table. I remember people going absolutely bonkers when the ‘Hawks signed him simply because he was a well-known jackass in the Cup final, but I’m going to assume all is forgiven if/when he produces a bit. Reports earlier this week had Coach Qskating Carcillo on a line with Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in practice. If that happens Thursday, don’t be surprised to see a clean-up goal in his debut just to get you haters talking.

♦   Check back in the morning for Behind Enemy Lines with the Winnipeg Free Press’ Ed Tait, who helps us preview the return of Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien to the United Center.

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