Darling allowed two goals on 32 shots in the Blackhawks’ loss to the Jets on Sunday. With Corey Crawford out, Darling will be leaned on heavily for the next week or more. Darling has a 2.71 GAA and .912 SV% in nine games this season, but makes for a great spot-start vs. a struggling Coyotes team on the tail-end of a back-to-back.
The Blackhawks have sent Nick Schmaltz to Rockford (AHL).
Schmaltz has four points (1G / 3A) in 26 games with the Blackhawks this season and has not made the offensive impact the Blackhawks were expecting when he made the opening night roster. His return to the AHL suggests that Jonathan Toews could be ready to play, but that seems unlikely. It’s more likely that Jordin Tootoo will simply re-enter the lineup after sitting as a healthy scratch.
Crawford will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing an appendectomy on Saturday.
With Crawford sidelined, the Blackhawks turn to Scott Darling in net and have recalled Lars Johansson from Rockford. This is a tough break for Crawford owners because Crawford had been playing great prior to the injury.
The Blackhawks have recalled Lars Johansson from Rockford (AHL).
Johansson is in his first year in North America and has gone 6-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .911 SV% with Rockford after coming over from Sweden. The 29th year old, was 27-6-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .927 SV% in 37 games with Frolunda in Sweden last year. He will backup Scott Darling for the next few weeks, with Corey Crawford out.
Crawford is out indefinitely after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
Crawford was schedule to start Saturday’s game in Philadelphia but was forced to undergo an emergency appendectomy and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. Scott Darling will take over as the Blackhawks’ No.1 netminder.
With Corey Crawford sick, Darling will start Saturday vs. the Flyers.
Darling allowed two goals on 29 shots in the Blackhawks’ loss in Los Angeles last Saturday. Corey Crawford was scheduled to start, but he is out with an illness, so Darling will go in Philly. Darling is 4-0-1 with a 2.76 GAA and .909 SV% in five starts and two relief appearances.
van Riemsdyk (arm) will return to the Blackhawks’ lineup on Saturday.
van Riemsdyk has been out since October 21st and has only appeared in two games this season. TVR has 15 points (3G / 12A) in 102 career NHL games and is expected to replace Michal Rozsival in the lineup vs. Philadelphia.
Crawford allowed three goals on 33 shots in the Blackhawks’ win over the Devils on Thursday. Crawford has won three straight starts while posting a 1.94 GAA and .944 SV%. Crawford has gone 5-5-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .913 SV% in 10 starts on the road this season—his his first start vs. Philly, he allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 7-4 win.