For the first time since Corey Crawford was sidelined with a head injury in December, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t “hopeful” that the two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie will play again this season.

Quenneville, in typical Coach Q-dialect, brushed off a question about Crawford’s return with his go-to “we’ll see on that one” response. But unlike other “we’ll see” responses, Quenneville seemed hesitant.

“Before, we were [optimistic about Crawford’s return this season],” Quenneville said Wednesday. “Where we’re at, his health’s going to dictate all that.”

When asked if it is because of where the Hawks are in the standings, Quenneville said: “That might be part of it. But once he gets healthy, that’ll be the next decision.”