Scott Darling will start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks when they visit the Boston Bruins on Friday at TD Garden, coach Joel Quenneville said after the team’s practice Thursday.
Darling, 28, is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 20 games this season. In his last start, Darling stopped 39 of 40 shots in a 2-1 home win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 6. He also allowed one goal in 11:49 of the third period in relief against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 13.
For the most part this season, Darling has started during a back-to-back or when Corey Crawford was injured. Quenneville cited wanting every player to play during the dad’s trip and the team’s schedule not having a back-to-back for the rest of the month as reasons for the start.
It's a stretch where pucks are "finding their way in" against Crawford right now. Said they're confident Crawford will come back strong— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) January 19, 2017
Crawford has allowed 15 goals in his last four games and at least two goals in his last 10 games since returning from an appendectomy Dec. 23 against Colorado.
#Blackhawks lines:— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 19, 2017