Quenneville hints Crawford could return for Blackhawks regular season finale

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CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford may be back on the ice for one final tune-up before the playoffs begin.

The Blackhawks netminder has been sidelined for the past nine games with an upper body injury, but recently started skating again.

Crawford fended off practice shots from goaltending coach Jimmy Waite for the second straight day, yesterday - another sign he's nearing a return.

Coach Joel Quenneville put Crawford's timetable in perspective today.

"I don't like putting numbers on it, but we're probably thinking at the end of the week."

When pressed further as to whether that meant the Columbus game, Coach Q simply said, "Yeah," with a wink and smile.

The rest of the Blackhawks walking wounded should join him by then.

Marian Hossa is questionable to doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Coyotes, but "for sure" will be back before the end of the regular season.

Andrew Shaw's status is a little more up in the air.

Coach Quenneville would only say, "We'll see on him this week."


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