Corey Crawford misses practice

Updated: October 10, 2011, 3:07 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford did not practice Monday while Arizona State goaltender Scott Czarnik took drills in his place.

Crawford has a minor lower body injury which could be related to a groin problem he encountered at the end of training camp.

"He's fine," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice. "We gave him an extra day maintenance-wise but he's all set."

Quenneville said Crawford "should be out there and fine" for practice on Tuesday.

Czarnik attends the goalie camp of Blackhawks goalie coach Stephane Waite and is in town on break from ASU, according to his father.

Meanwhile, forward Ben Smith returned to practice on Monday after missing the last several days. Smith continues to recover from a concussion he suffered in preseason but hasn't been cleared for contact.

"Its seeing day in and day out how it's going," he explained. "[Today was] just one more step to getting back with the guys."

Smith was asked if his return depends on passing tests or simply telling doctors he's feeling better.

"It's a little bit of both," Smith said. "Its waking up one day, [and saying] 'this is it right now. I feel good.' Hopefully it comes sooner rather than later."

Also on the mend is winger Viktor Stalberg who's been out since the end of preseason with a knee injury.

"He skated on his own [Monday]," Quenneville said. "Hopefully he can get injected into practice either Tuesday or Wednesday."

The Hawks host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. They split their opening two games against the Dallas Stars over the weekend.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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