December 04, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Lars Johansson from Rockford of the American Hockey League and assigned rookie forward Nick Schmaltz to the IceHogs.

The 29-year-old Johansson will back up Scott Darling while regular starter Corey Crawford recovers from an emergency appendectomy on Saturday. Crawford, who is 12-6-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average, is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

Johansson is 6-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA in 16 games with Rockford.

The 20-year-old Schmaltz, a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, has a goal and three assists in 26 games with the Blackhawks.

Chicago hosts Winnipeg on Sunday night.

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