Darling allowed four goals on 28 shots in the Blackhawks 5-2 loss to the Predators in Game 5. Darling has a 1.68 GAA and .950 SV% in the series so far. He will look to finish the Predators off tonight, back in Chiacgo. He stopped 85 of 89 shots (.955 SV%) in the two home games.
Darling stopped 50 of 52 shots that he faced in the Blackhawks 3-2, triple overtime win over Nashville in Game 3. After coming into the playoffs as the backup, Darling has gone 3-0 with a 1.05 GAA and .969 SV%. He has outplayed Pekka Rinne and has a chance to knock off the Predators tonight in Nashville.
Darling made 35 saves on 37 shots in the Blackhawks 4-2 win over the Predators in Game 3. The win gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead in the series and a chance for Darling to give Chicago a stranglehold on the series tonight.
Corey Crawford was shelled for six goals on 35 shots in the Blackhawks 6-2 loss to the Predators in game 2. That is nine goals in just four periods for Crawford, so the Blackhawks will turn to Darling in game 3. Darling stopped all 42 shots that he faced after relieving Crawford in Game 1.
Crawford was yanked after allowing three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 1. Despite Scott Darling coming in and stopping all 42 shots that he faced in the 4-3 double overtime win, the Blackhawks will go back to Crawford in Game 2. He will need a better showing tonight if he doesn’t want to lose his starting spot to Darling.
Crawford was 32-20-5 with a 2.27 GAA and .924 SV% in 57 starts with the Blackhawks this season. He comes into game 1 with loads of playoff experience. He has gone 32-23 with a 2.21 GAA and .920 SV% in 55 career playoff starts. He was also 2-0 against the Predators this season.
Kane has been out with broken collarbone since February 24th, but he will be back for game 1 vs. the Predators. This is a massive boost for the Blackhawks lineup and should make them clear-cut favourites in this series. He had 27 goals and 37 assists (64 points) in 61 games before getting injured.
Kane (clavicle) was a full participant in Monday's practice.
Kane has been out since February 24th but got rid of his no-contact sweater this morning and skated in his usual spot on the Blackhawks second line with Brad Richards and Kris Versteeg. Kane also practiced with the top power-play unit, both of which are good signs that Kane could be back in the lineup for Game 1.
Paliotta, 21, makes his NHL debut after coming over from the University of Vermont, where he has nine goals and 27 assists (36 points) in 41 games this season. He is expected to replace David Rundblad in the lineup.
Darling gave up three goals on 38 shots in the Blackhawks win in Buffalo on March 3rd. Corey Crawford started the last three games, but Darling will start the season finale tonight in Colorado. He has gone 9-3-0 with a 1.86 GAA and .939 SV% in 12 starts and one relief appearance in his first NHL season.