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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Corey Crawford uncertain for Jets

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford returned to practice Wednesday after missing the previous two days but his status is uncertain for Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Backup Ray Emery was out sick, and the team recalled Alexander Salak from Rockford of the AHL as insurance.

"I feel good," Crawford said after practice. "We'll make a decision on Thursday whether I play or not."

Crawford said he got dinged up in one of the games against the Dallas Stars last weekend, and the injury is unrelated to a groin problem he suffered toward the end of training camp.

If Crawford can't play, Emery would, if he's feeling better. Otherwise, Salak will get the start.

Meanwhile, winger Viktor Stalberg practiced with the team for the first time since injuring a knee in a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings.

"(It) feels better and better every day," Stalberg said. "It's progressing well."

Stalberg and Justin Abdelkader of the Wings collided while Stalbeg was trying to stay on-sides. At the time, coach Joel Quenneville intimated it wasn't the cleanest of plays by Abdelkader.

"He plays a hard game," Stalberg said. "At the same time I would like him to not follow through on it and just kind of take his leg away and we could have avoided that one. That's the way he plays so it's nothing against him."

Stalberg isn't sure when he'll make his season debut.

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