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After missing the first 12 days of training camp, Corey Crawford skated for the first time on Saturday and even participated in the team scrimmage. He had been ruled "unfit" from Day 1, according to head coach Jeremy Colliton.

Crawford confirmed after practice that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to quarantine in Chicago for the past few weeks, which was the reason for his absence. But he's back and ready to go as the team prepares to make a postseason run.

"Excited to be back," Crawford said. "Going to try and get into it as quick as possible and try and get that game shape back."

It's great news for the Blackhawks, who leave for Edmonton on Sunday and are four days away from facing the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in their lone exhibition game before taking on the Oilers in a best-of-five play-in series on Aug. 1.

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The Blackhawks submitted their 31-man roster on Friday and the list reportedly included Crawford.

The challenge for Crawford will be whether he has enough time to get back up to game speed. There are only seven days between Saturday and Game 1 of the qualifying round, and goaltenders normally need extra time for conditioning purposes and puck tracking.

But if Crawford is cleared to play, the Blackhawks' chances increase significantly in the qualifying round (and beyond). He was one of the best goaltenders going into the pause, recording a .928 save percentage in his past 20 starts.