Malcolm Subban ready to start for Blackhawks against Oilers if Corey Crawford can’t

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Malcolm Subban is ready to be the Blackhawks’ starting goaltender against the Oilers in the Stanley Cup qualifiers if Corey Crawford is unable to do so.

“This could of course be the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Subban on Wednesday. “For me, it’s just taking it day by day and continuing to work hard and making sure I’m ready if I get the chance.”

Crawford, un double Coupe Stanley champion with Chicago in 2013 and 2015, was declared “unfit to play” by the Blackhawks on Monday. The 35-year-old did not participate in the first three days of training camp and did not participate in Chicago Phase 2 voluntary training. He was 16-20-3 with a 2.37 goals against average, and among goalies having played at least 40 games this season, he was tied for fifth in the NHL with a save percentage from, 917.

The Blackhawks have four goalies at camp with Subban, Collin Delia, Kevin Lankinen and Matt Tomkins. Coach Jeremy Colliton rotated each of the top three during practice with the first group.

Monday: Subban / Delia

Mardi: Subban / Lankinen

Wednesday: Delia / Lankinen

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