For the first time in almost a year, Corey Crawford will be in the net.
The Blackhawks goaltender revealed Wednesday he plans on starting Thursday’s game against the Coyotes and indicated the final decision would come just a few hours before face off.
The team later confirmed his return after Thursday’s morning skate.
“Yes, yes he’s starting tonight.”
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) October 18, 2018
Crawford, who last played on Dec. 23, 2017, has remained sidelined with lingering concussion symptoms since last season. However, 10 months of rest and recovery has left him feeling confident as he prepares to get back on the ice in front of a home crowd.
“It feels good to be back to myself,” Crawford said Wednesday after practice, via ESPN. “I’m feeling clear.”
Crawford, 33, went 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage last season before getting hurt.
The Blackhawks are slated to host the Coyotes at 8:30 p.m. ET.