The Blackhawks could be getting an early Christmas present — the return of Corey Crawford.

Joel Quenneville said Sunday that he’s targeting Friday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche for Crawford’s return to action. That would put the goalie right on the three-week timetable that was forecasted after his emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3 in Philadelphia.

“He was out there [Sunday] with some players, and so he got some good work again,” Quenneville said. “[He’ll practice on] Tuesday, and we’ll look at the 23rd as an option.”

Sunday’s game against the San Jose Sharks was the ninth that Crawford has missed since his surgery. The Hawks, after stumbling in the first two games against Philadelphia and Winnipeg, have gone 5-0-1 since, with Scott Darling playing very well until the last two games, when he gave up four goals each in high-scoring wins over the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues.