Darling (personal) will step away from AHL Charlotte indefinitely, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports. Darling has been in the minors since mid-December and it's certainly been a struggle. He's posted an .882 save percentage and 3.40 GAA alongside a 5-6-0 record. GM Don Waddell said that the 30-year-old would take some time off to mentally regroup. This should benefit him quite a bit and here's hoping he'll return mentally healthier.
Darling stopped just 22 of 28 shots in a 6-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday. This has truly been a forgettable season for the Hurricanes' former starting netminder. After clearing waivers and winding up at AHL Charlotte at the end of November, Darling was recalled for one game -- in which he allowed five goals in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Capitals on Dec. 14 -- and was promptly sent back down. Unfortunately, he has been no better with the Checkers, posting a 2-2-0 record, 3.42 GAA and .872 save percentage in his last five games. Looking ahead, unless there is an injury to either Petr Mrazek or Curtis McElhinney, it is highly unlikely you will see Darling back in the NHL anytime soon.
Darling was dropped down to AHL Charlotte on Sunday. Darling's demotion means there might soon be good news regarding Curtis McElhinney's (lower body) health status. The 29-year-old owns an ugly .884 save percentage and 3.33 GAA this season.
Darling allowed five goals on 29 shots in 6-5 shootout loss to the Capitals on Friday. It's been a rough season for Darling, and it's only getting worse. Darling is 0-3-0 with a .819 save percentage and a 4.26 GAA. Overall, he is 2-4-2 with a .884 save percentage and a 3.33 GAA in eight starts this season. Even desperate owners can't trust Darling at this point.
Darling will start Friday at home against Washington, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. The netminder hasn't played since Nov. 24. Darling was recently recalled from AHL Charlotte, and Friday's start will be just his eighth of the season at the NHL level. The 29-year-old has posted a 3-1-0 record in five games with the Hurricanes' minor-league affiliate after being demoted earlier in the season. He faces a tall order in the Capitals who've scored 14 times in their past three games -- all wins.
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