Nearly 300 days since his last appearance in an NHL game, Corey Crawford will finally return to the Blackhawks net tonight.

At the beginning of the season, most Chicago fans and media were shocked when head coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday, October 18th would be Crawford’s target return date. Well, the day is here, Crawford hasn’t hit any bumps in the road, and he will play tonight. To make room for Crawford on the roster, Luke Johnson has been assigned to the Rockford IceHogs.

A concussion and lingering symptoms have kept the Hawks number one goalie out since last December, but he indicated that he is feeling better after practice on Wednesday.

While his earlier-than-expected return is exciting, fans should temper their expectations while Crawford gets back into the swing of things. Training camp and practice sessions are much different than live game action. Luckily, Crawford’s first test will be an Arizona Coyotes offense that ranks last in goals scored with just four tallies through five games.

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