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Contrary to some popular belief, Chicago's goaltending tandem isn't exactly cringe-worthy. The issue at hand is that it's just not all that good.
Some may remember when Ray Emery was still a promising starter in Ottawa, mostly what many thought to be his breakout season in 2006-07. In that season, Emery went 33-16-6 with a 2.47 GAA and .918 save percentage. During Ottawa's playoff run, which ended in a Stanley Cup Finals loss, Emery saw every minute in net, posting a 13-7 record, with a 2.26 GAA and three shutouts.
This would prove to be Emery's high water mark, as he then struggled to ever find that form again, as he bounced around, trying to find a home. Razor's stops included Philadelphia, the KHL, and his return from hip surgery in Anaheim. Now he's an average to above-average backup goalie who was unbeaten in regulation at the United Center.
Corey Crawford took a step back, and Chicago's front office and fans alike are hoping that Crow isn't just another Emery. 2010-11 looked to be a breakout year for the longtime Chicago farmhand, who had spent five years at the AHL after four-year career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Finally given the starting job, Crawford blew past veteran Marty Turco, posting a 2.30 GAA and .917 SV%.
This last season, Crawford didn't post the same results by any means, seeing his GAA jump to 2.72 and his SV% drop to .903. While the hope is that Crawford will regain his 2010-11 form, the reality may be that he's just another flash in the pan like his backup in Emery.