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Scott Darling To Start Tuesday Night

By Keith Schultz
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Dec 6, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) watches the puck into the corner during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The fallout from Sunday’s blowout loss to the Boston Bruins continued today with the announcement that Scott Darling will be starting on Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers.

What a whirlwind 24 hours for Darling!!! First he gets recalled from the Rockford Ice Hogs, and then surprisingly signs a 2 year extension and the next morning Joel Quenneville announces that Darling will be starting for the Hawks on their last game of their nightmarish 8 game home stand.

Darling in Rockford this season 14-8-2 with a 2.20 Goals Against Average and a .927 Save percentage which is pretty close to his Blackhawks stats in smaller sample size which is 5-2 1.97 GAA and a .937 Save percentage.

Darling is a fan favorite and if you have been under a rock all season a local kid from Lemont which makes his story from the bottom of the worst hockey leagues possible the SPHL to the NHL one of the better stories all season.

The question is will Darling be up for the rest of the season, will Antti Raanta get traded or will all three goalies including Corey Crawford be with the organization after the trade deadline.

Other Practice Notes

-Johnny Oduya will miss a couple of weeks not games with the injury he suffered Sunday against the Boston Bruins

-Quenneville’s practice lines are back to normal with Patrick Sharp moving up to the 2nd line with Kris Versteeg dropping down to the third line with Bickell and Shaw.

More from Blackhawks News

-Quenneville also said he doesn’t have a panic button….Well most of the fans do so it’s good to know that the leader of the team isn’t panicking.

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