Scott Darling will get his fourth consecutive start when the Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars Tuesday night at the United Center.
Corey Crawford (upper body) is still not skating and coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t sure when he would be, or if he would travel on the Blackhawks’ upcoming trip to Western Canada. Quenneville did say Crawford was making “a little bit” of progress.
The Blackhawks enter tonight’s game third in the Central Division with 91 points. The Stars are atop the division with 95 points. None of the four previous contests between these two teams has been close, with the Blackhawks losing three of the four.
“It’s very important for us, especially at home here against a team that’s played well against us. We haven’t fared very well. We want to make sure we’re ready,” Quenneville said. “We know the importance of the game, we know it’s a four-point swing and we have a lot of room to make up as well. From our point of view, we have to play our best game.”
Former Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp, who missed the March 11 game between the two teams due to injury, will play Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks’ lines will remain the same as they’ve been in their previous two games.
Meanwhile, Marcus Kruger (wrist) nears his return. Quennville said it’s possible that Kruger plays Saturday against the Calgary Flames.