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Scott Darling gets start in net for Blackhawks vs. Flames

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Scott Darling gets start in net for Blackhawks vs. Flames

Scott Darling will start in net, but that will be the only change for the Blackhawks when they host the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the United Center.

This will be Darling’s first appearance since Nov. 6, when he came in to relieve Corey Crawford against the New Jersey Devils.

Duncan Keith (right knee) and Michal Rozsival (left ankle) will play tonight after returning from their respective injuries on Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. Keith played more than 27 minutes in his return.

The Blackhawks will face a Flames team that has been trying to recover after a poor start to the season — they won just two of their first nine games. The Blackhawks played with plenty of energy in St. Louis; granted, the Blues usually bring out the best in the Blackhawks. They want to see that same energy tonight.

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“They’ve got a lot of offense to their game. Their transitional game is as good as anyone and they can generate,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “So let’s make sure we’re aware of them with the puck and their transition from defense to offense.”

Meanwhile, Quenneville is getting good reports from Rockford about Bryan Bickell. The forward, who was sent to Rockford on Nov. 2, had three-point nights in consecutive victories over Iowa.

“Besides his offensive production, I think his game’s been good,” Quenneville said.

Asked if the Blackhawks could recall Bickell again soon, Quenneville said, “We haven’t talked about that yet, but certainly (Bickell’s game is) definitely very encouraging.”

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.