Crawford has watched from the bench as Ray Emery has been in goal the last two games, but will man the crease as he looks to help the Hawks snap a six-game losing skid and a personal four-game losing streak.
"(Crawford) played great in here last game (a 1-0 loss Nov. 23)," coach Joel Quenneville said following Thursday's practice. "I thought he had a real strong game. Ray was in there the last two games. We're going to need both guys and (Crawford) gets back in the net."
Quenneville said defenseman Steve Montador (upper body) is doubtful to play against the Sharks.
"Nothing's changed as far as his progress," Quenneville said.
" 'Hammer' is feeling better," Quenneville said. "We're expecting him to play."