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Blackhawks' Corey Crawford confirms he tested positive for COVID-19

Blackhawks' Corey Crawford confirms he tested positive for COVID-19

The biggest storyline of Blackhawks training camp 2.0 was the fact Corey Crawford had been out since Day 1 because he was ruled "unfit" to participate. Saturday was his first day on the ice in Phase 3 and now we know the reason for his absence.

Crawford confirmed after practice that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to quarantine in Chicago for the past few weeks. He mainly felt flu-like symptoms at the beginning and even self-isolated beyond the 14-day period to be extra cautious.

"I'd say it was a lot tougher at the start," Crawford said. "The first few days that I started feeling symptoms, that was the hardest. The last couple weeks — maybe a little bit more — was a little bit easier, but I still couldn't do much in case there was something wrong with my lungs or my heart, so we had to get that checked out first before I really started pushing in the gym more or come on the ice. But all of that has been done.

"The doctors did a good job. We were safe enough about it, we didn't put anyone else at risk and I'm just excited to be back on the ice and seeing pucks again."

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The most difficult part for Crawford was wondering when it would pass. He had seen reports that symptoms, for some people, could last for months.

"I was just hoping to recover as quickly as possible," he said. "I think it was just a shock. It's kind of a little bit of the unknown, too, because everyone feels it a little bit differently."

Crawford didn't take any chances during the first few days when the symptoms were at its worst. He slept in the guest room of his house and wore a mask around the house to protect their two-year-old son and newborn baby. 

“I was trying to stay as safe as possible with my family," Crawford said. 

After going 12 straight days without practicing, Crawford finally got the clearance to participate in the final day of camp in Chicago and felt great. But he knows it's going to take time to get to a level he needs to be for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Game 1 against the Edmonton Oilers, which is exactly one week from Saturday.

"I'm just excited to get back to playing hockey," said Crawford, who was included on the Blackhawks' 31-man postseason roster. "Going to try and get into it as quick as possible and try and get that game shape back."

2020 NHL Draft: Winner of No. 1 pick revealed at Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery

2020 NHL Draft: Winner of No. 1 pick revealed at Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery

After the No. 1 pick went to a placeholder team — that would be eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in the NHL's 24-team postseason under the Return to Play program — in Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery in June, the top pick for the 2020 NHL Draft was awarded to an actual team in Phase 2 of the lottery on Monday. 

The New York Rangers won the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NHL Draft on Monday during Phase 2 of the lottery.

The Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets were also in the running and all had a 12.5% chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick along with the Rangers in Phase 2 of the Draft Lottery.

The No. 1 pick of this year's draft is expected to be forward Alexis Lafrenière, who registered 35 goals and 77 assists for a league-leading 112 points in 52 games this season with the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL, where he also served as the team captain. 

No team has held the No. 1 pick finishing better than 26th in the standings since the 1995 NHL Draft, and no team made the top pick after playing in a postseason series since the Minnesota North Stars in the 1983 NHL Draft.

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10. It was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which paused the NHL on March 12.

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How to watch Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

There's nothing like playoff hockey. 

After defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round, the Blackhawks are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season. 

In the first round, the Hawks will go up against the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights. 

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We have all the details on how to watch and stream the games. 

Game 1
When:
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 9:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Game 2
When:
 Thursday, Aug. 13
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 4:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Game 3
When:
 Saturday, Aug. 15
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 7 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC 
Note: NBC Sports Chicago will have Blackhawks Pregame at 6:30 p.m. CT before puck drop, and Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following the game. 

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Game 4
When:
 Sunday, Aug. 16
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 5:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 5
When:
 Tuesday, Aug. 18
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 6
When:
 Thursday, Aug. 20
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 7
When:
 Saturday, Aug. 22
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Throughout the entire series, Blackhawks Pregame Live will air 30 minutes before puck drop on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming on the MyTeams app. Blackhawks Postgame Live will air immediately after each game. 

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