Corey Crawford

Corey Crawford meets with the media for the first time since injury

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Corey Crawford meets with the media for the first time since injury

Corey Crawford met with the media Monday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury that has caused him to miss 20 straight games. 

The Blackhawks placed Crawford, 33, on injured reserve Dec. 27. He last played Dec. 23 against the Devils, getting pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on seven shots.

Crawford told reporters that it felt pretty good to be around the team, but that getting to the point where he plays is still a process. 

"I want to get back playing, but it's a process to get there," Crawford said. "It's never fun watching from the sidelines. That's what we do, we want to play hockey. It's hard not being in the game.

"We're just looking at day-to-day to try and get better to put myself in a position to play."

Entering Monday night's game against the Coyotes, the Blackhawks sit 10 points back of the Western Conference's second wild card position. Despite this fact, Crawford said that no one is thinking of shutting him down for the rest of the 2017-18 season. 

"You never count this team out, we go game-by-game," he said. "I don't think anyone's thinking that.

"We've gone on streaks before and none of us doubt we can go on another streak and fire off a bunch of wins and put ourselves in a position."

As things currently stand, the Blackhawks have a greater chance at picking first in the upcoming NHL Draft (5.4 percent) than making the playoffs (2.5 percent). While they have 27 games left to make a run, they are running out of time to extend their streak of making the playoffs to 10 consecutive seasons.

Quenneville: Once Crawford starts practicing with Blackhawks, return 'probably not that far away'

Quenneville: Once Crawford starts practicing with Blackhawks, return 'probably not that far away'

Corey Crawford is getting closer to a return, but the return date is still uncertain.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after Monday's practice that the Blackhawks will get a better idea once he starts practicing.

"Hopefully that'll be the best sign and we'll know it's probably not that far away," Quenneville said.

The 33-year-old netminder has been out with an upper-body injury since December.

Crawford skated on Monday at practice, but didn't participate in any team drills.

Jeff Glass is scheduled to get the start on Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames.

Corey Crawford takes next step in recovery process

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Corey Crawford takes next step in recovery process

For the first time since being placed on injured reserve Dec. 27, Corey Crawford skated in Chicago and is expected to do so again Sunday, Joel Quenneville told reporters in Calgary, as he takes the next step in his recovery process.

And that's a big step.

Quenneville has consistently said the Blackhawks won't know exactly when Crawford (upper body injury) could potentially return to the lineup until he gets back on the ice, so it's certainly a positive sign that he felt well enough to move to on-ice workouts even though there was no report on how he felt afterwards.

The Blackhawks had initially hoped the 33-year-old netminder would get on the ice during the All-Star break weekend, but it never got past light workouts. 

The Blackhawks wrap up a four-game road trip against the Flames on Saturday then return to Chicago, where Quenneville will likely get a better feel for how Crawford progressed over the last couple days.