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Is Scott Darling The New Corey Crawford Backup?

By Keith Schultz
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Dec 11, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) touches his helmet during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

After Scott Darling picked up his third straight victory after getting recalled from Rockford last week, Joel Quenneville was asked if Darling was the new back up goalie after the Blackhawks 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins last night.  Quenneville gave his usual non answer answer with a we will cross that bridge when we get there answer.

It’s obvious that Quenneville likes Darling which I’m pretty sure all current coaches would like a 6 ft 6 in goalie, but has he changed Quenneville’s mind enough to keep him in Chicago when Corey Crawford returns to the roster in a week or two.

There is one thing that most Blackhawks fans can agree about and that is Quenneville has his favorites just ask Jeremy Morin or Brandon Pirri, and even as early as the preseason you could tell that Darling had caught Quenneville’s eye.

You have to hand it to Darling for not only surviving but thriving in every league he as played in and he’s played in just about every league imaginable in North America.  The question is has he finally surpassed Raanta on the depth chart.

From the naked eye it looks like Raanta will be heading to Rockford when Crawford returns and this really wouldn’t be a bad thing. Raanta has only played in 6 games (5 With Chicago, 1 With Rockford) since the season started and he still needs work and games under his belt to improve.

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Raanta in small servings looks to be an adequate spot starter and someone who can fill in when needed but he still needs to develop his craft to get to a higher level.

I’m not saying the Darling has arrived, but he has played a lot of games and looks very confident in net and looks to be ready to reach that next level and not be just an injury replacement while playing a lot of hours in the NHL.

I thing Darling will be the backup what do you think?

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