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Chicago Blackhawks’ Three Players Who Have Stepped Up

By Tim Lively
Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (right) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (left) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (center) following the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (right) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (left) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (center) following the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) makes a save on New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Scott Darling

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.

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