Corey Crawford’s return is imminent. But is it too late to matter?

The Blackhawks goaltender didn’t come to Minnesota with the rest of the team, but he’ll meet them in Arizona. Monday’s morning skate will be the first time he’ll be on the ice with his teammates, seeing live shots, since Dec. 23. He has been on injured reserve since the Christmas break with what sources said is a head injury.

Crawford won’t play in Arizona or Las Vegas, but coach Joel Quenneville was optimistic that he would return to action in the very near future. The Hawks have a five-game homestand starting Thursday against the Ducks.

“We’re hopeful that it’s next week or soon, right after,” Quenneville said.