Blackhawks' Emery Expected Back For Second Round: Ray Emery (lower body) is expected to return for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Daily Herald's Tim Sassone reports. (Updated 5/11/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/24/13).
Ray Emery, who will serve as the backup to Corey Crawford once he returns, missed the entire first round of the playoffs. It sounds like he should be back for Game 1 in the second round. (Updated 5/11/13).
05/10/2013 00:19 Blackhawks cruise to series win over Minnesota
Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.
04/30/2013 23:51 Blackhawks outlast Wild in Game 1 on Bickell's OT goal
Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Chicago Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Ray Emery was a life saver for the Blackhawks last year when starting goalie, Corey Crawford, hit a rut several times during the season. In fact, there was a point in December (and another near the trade deadline) when it looked like he'd stolen the starter's gig. He couldn't sustain it, but he was in goal for the most games (34) since his 58 in 2006-07. He's healthy and as he gets stronger, he should be able to string together longer spurts of success. He's still the back-up, but he'll push Crawford again. Daily leaguers need to pick up both men to avoid an ulcer. And smart drafters will stash him for the possibility he really presses Crawford. (Updated 8/14/12)