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One of the primary questions faced by the Blackhawks since the start of the season was the status of their backup goaltending.
After Ray Emery left as a free agent, the Blackhawks signed 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin with the hope that he could provide Corey Crawford decent relief when he was inserted into the lineup.
As the season approaches the midway point, it appears the Blackhawks have even more issues than just their No. 2 goalie.
Khabibulin and Crawford are both sidelined with lower-body injuries. They should both be back shortly.
However, Khabibulin is not the answer as a viable backup. While he has seen limited action, it's hard to believe in a goalie with a 5.00 goals against average and an .811 save percentage.
Crawford has not been at his best either. He has a 2.47 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Crawford's goals against mark ranks 25th among goalies who have played 10 or more games this season. That may not be good enough for a team with championship aspirations.
While call-up Antti Raanta has done a nice job and has a 7-1-1 record to go with a 2.26 GAA and a .920 save percentage, there are legitimate questions about the Blackhawks' goaltending that could keep them from winning another title.