The thin goaltending ranks for the IceHogs and the Blackhawks are about to become deeper.
Corey Crawford has been skating at Blackhawks’ practices. He’s getting closer to returning from a head injury. IceHogs’ goaltender J.F. Berube is looking a lot stronger at practices for the IceHogs. He’s been out since early December with an ankle injury.
Collin Delia has played well in Berube’s absence, but the return of Berube will certainly strengthen the IceHogs’ hopes of making the playoffs.
“I’m pretty close. I feel good right now,” says Berube. “It’s just a matter of time. I think we’re going day-to-day right now based on how I’m feeling. I’m sure I’ll be back out there very soon. Right now it’s just a matter of getting my conditioning up to where it needs to be but other than that I feel, I feel good.”
Tanner Kero has settled in with the IceHogs since being assigned to them in early December after he was waived by the Blackhawks. Over the IceHogs’ last 13 games he has led the team with 12 points. He’s gaining confidence and giving the Blackhawks’ reason to view him as a propsect again, but Kero still is not completely satisfied with his production.
“It’s getting better. Obviously it was a little bit of a slow start. You want to make sure you’re doing as much as you can to help the team, but I still think there’s room for growth and I think I can bring more to the table and I just want to keep working, working hard every day.”
The IceHogs will be busy this week with three games over the next four days. They’ll host San Antonio tomorrow night and then Milwaukee on Friday night. Saturday evening they’ll play at Iowa.