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Crawford starting for Blackhawks: report

Chicago goalie sidelined nearly a month with upper-body injury @NHLdotcom

Goalie Corey Crawford will start for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-O, NHL.TV) after missing nearly a month with an upper-body injury, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Crawford has not played since March 14. He did individual work with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite last weekend and took part in Chicago's morning skate prior to the game against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

"I feel pretty good right now," Crawford said Tuesday. "This has been good the last few days. The workouts have been really good. The ice has been really good. Practice felt good today. That was a long one, too, so [I'm] a little tired from that. I'm itching to get back in there."

Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford would "absolutely" start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks, third place in the Central Division, will play the Dallas Stars or St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference First Round. 

Crawford is 35-18-4 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .926 save percentage and leads the NHL with seven shutouts.

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