Darling turned away 33 of 35 shots in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to St. Louis. Darling was hanging on for dear life, but Vladimir Tarasenko eventually got the best of the netminder, scorching him for two unanswered to win the game. While he still picked up a point, the 27-year-old's three-game win streak perishes, with the possibility of Corey Crawford (upper body) taking it from here starting with Saturday's regular-season finale against Columbus.
Darling will get the start in goal in Thursday's home game against the Blues, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Darling was sharp in his last outing, stopping 29 of 31 shots en route to a 6-2 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday. The 27-year-old netminder will look to pick up a fourth consecutive win Thursday in a difficult home matchup with a St. Louis team averaging 2.80 goals per game on the road this season, sixth in the NHL.
Darling turned away 29 of 31 shots in Tuesday's 6-2 onslaught of Arizona. Darling saw his offense produce five or more goals for the third straight game, which ultimately has led to three wins for the netminder despite giving up 10 markers in that span. The game was over after the second period, as Chicago built a 5-0 lead to the tune of three power-play tallies. With Corey Crawford (upper body) on the cusp of returning to action, Darling's services will be appreciated, but he'll still return to the backup role.
Darling will man the crease Tuesday against the Coyotes, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Darling will suit up for his 10th start in a row as he continues to fill in for starter Corey Crawford (upper body). In those outings, the 27-year-old went 5-3-1 despite registering a 2.75 GAA. Look for the netminder to return to the bench when Crawford gets back on the ice.
Darling stopped 42 of the 46 shots he faced in Sunday's 6-4 victory over Boston. It was another shaky start for Darling, but it resulted in his second straight win, despite allowing four goals in each start. The numbers have not been great for the backup netminder since taking over the starting job for the injured Corey Crawford. The 27-year-old has allowed four goals three times in his last six starts. However, he has the luxury of playing behind a talented team, and that has translated into five wins over the last nine starts. Crawford was practicing on the ice Saturday, so Darling could be returning to his usual backup role in the near future.
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