It’s no secret that Crawford’s play has been a critical keystone thus far this year. Until he was sidelined with appendicitis, Crow was serving as an important anchor between the pipes while the team in front of him has been sorting out their identify for the season. Many fans speculated with angst at the possible worst-case scenario of Crawford being out for multiple games. Thus far however, Darling has allayed all fears.
While there aren’t too many doubters of Darling’s talent in Blackhawks Nation, consecutively getting the start in net for multiple games is certainly new territory for the Illinois native. Yet, over the past five contests, Darling has an average save percentage of .95 whilst facing a cumulative of 145 shots. While his win-loss record of the 2-3 leaves something to be desired, Darling is certainly pulling his weight for the ‘Hawks, and picking up right where Crow left off as a stabilizing presence in goal.