Scott Darling gets the nod tonight vs. Stars

Scott Darling gets the nod tonight vs. Stars

Scott Darling will start but Andrew Desjardins will not play when the Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars tonight at the United Center.

Coach Joel Quenneville said it’s more about going with the successful lineup than Desjardins. The Blackhawks have won five in a row entering tonight’s game, including Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over the Stars in Dallas.

“Last night was more consistent. We had some good stretches as the game went, we progressed as well. We were a little more complete than we’ve seen,” Quenneville said. “Tough decision, but we’re going to go with the same group.”

Quenneville said Desjardins is healthy off the lower-body injury he suffered in the Blackhawks’ preseason finale and is likely to play Wednesday vs. the St. Louis Blues.

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This will be Darling’s first game since Oct. 22, when he recorded a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Meanwhile, Trevor van Riemsdyk skated for the first time since suffering his upper-body injury against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 21. Quenneville said van Riemsdyk is still on the original timeline to return (approximately four weeks from Oct. 21).

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Chicago Blackhawks
Richard Panik-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Marian Hossa
Ryan Hartman-Marcus Kruger-Tyler Motte
Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz-Jordin Tootoo


Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michael Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson


Scott Darling

INJURIES: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

Dallas Stars (via Dallas Morning News)

Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Patrick Eaves

Antoine Rouseel-Radek Faksa-Jamie Oleksiak

Lauri Korpikoski-Devin Shore-Brett Ritchie

Curtis McKenzie-Gemel Smith-Adam Cracknell


Esa Lindell-John Klingberg

Johnny Oduya-Stephen Johns

Dan Hamhuis-Jordie Benn


Kari Lehtonen

INJURIES: Jiri Hudler (illness), Patrick Sharp (concussion-like symptoms), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Jason Spezza (lower body).


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Amazing news: Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free

Amazing news: Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free

Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!

The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.

His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:

"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.

"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.

"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."