Ray Emery will make his Chicago Blackhawks debut when the veteran will start in goal Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center.
No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford said he's "100 percent," but it will be Emery in the crease when the teams take the ice for the Jets' first road game since the franchise moved from Atlanta. Emery missed practice Monday with the flu but said he's healthy. Crawford sat out practice Monday and Tuesday with a lower-body injury but was on the ice Wednesday and again during Thursday's morning skate.
"Corey’s ready to go," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We just want to get Ray playing. We want to get things started (with him). We’re happy to get him his first start here at home."
Emery, who won the backup job following a training camp tryout, said he still gets butterflies before a big start even though he's in his eighth NHL season.
"I like being kind of nervous in there," Emery said following Thursday's morning skate. "It's more of wanting to do well and having those good nerves going."
Said Crawford: "I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go now. Ray's got to play some games too. He's a good goalie. I'll just be focused if I have to go in or for next game."
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