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Blackhawks G Scott Darling expected to miss three weeks with injury

Blackhawks G Scott Darling expected to miss three weeks with injury

Scott Darling is having a great season with the Blackhawks’ backup and was coming off a 36-save performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now he’ll be out for some time.

Darling will miss three weeks with an upper-body injury sustained at the end of the Blackhawks’ skate on Friday, coach Joel Quenneville said following the team’s 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. Asked if Darling’s injury came off a shot, Quenneville said, “could’ve been.”

A source said Darling suffered an injury to his hand.

Darling is 16-5-2 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .931 save percentage this season. When Corey Crawford’ was sidelined, first by appendicitis and then by illness, Darling was tremendous.

The Blackhawks recalled Jeff Glass from the Rockford IceHogs on Friday afternoon. Glass backed up Crawford and will stay up with the Blackhawks for now.

“We called him up based on performance,” Quenneville said of Glass, who has a 2.62 GAA and .910 save percentage in 13 games with the IceHogs. “It gives us a chance to see how he’s doing.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Philip Pritchard on his frequent visits to Chicago

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Philip Pritchard on his frequent visits to Chicago

During the 2010s, the Stanley Cup visited the City of Chicago three times and no one knows the details of those visits like Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, does.

Pat Boyle is joined by Pritchard to discuss his frequent trips to Chicago during the championship runs, why was the Cup late arriving in 2015 and other stories of the Cup's adventures with the Blackhawks.

(1:14) - Missing Cup during the 2015 championship

(8:12) - Reasons why the Stanley Cup isn't present at the start of close out games

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(13:10) - Adventures of the Cup during the 2013 Hawks championship

(18:06) - Most bizarre story of the Hawks championship with the Cup

(24:05) - Which Hawks team had the most fun with the Cup

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Calvin de Haan takes next step in recovery process, joins Blackhawks for Phase 2

Calvin de Haan takes next step in recovery process, joins Blackhawks for Phase 2

Calvin de Haan took the next step in his recovery process by joining the group of Blackhawks at Fifth Third Arena for Phase 2 of voluntary skates and off-ice workouts, the team announced Thursday. 

De Haan underwent right shoulder surgery in December and was put on a four-to-six-month timetable, which would have ended his 2019-20 season under normal circumstances. But because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to put its season on pause, the lengthy hiatus has afforded players like de Haan to rehab their injuries and be ready to go for the 24-team Return to Play plan, pending an overall agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

"I would expect him to be ready," GM Stan Bowman said of de Haan's status in June.

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Even though Phase 2 didn't open until the second week of June, de Haan has been ahead of the curve compared to other skaters as far as on-ice conditioning goes. He was spotted skating in Ottawa in late May with a small group of players, so getting back up to speed shouldn't be too much of a challenge.

If de Haan is, in fact, cleared to play for the qualifying round, it would be a major boost for the Blackhawks, who could use his presence on the top-four against a speedy Edmonton Oilers team.

"It would be great,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said. “Obviously we've got get him on the ice and go through camp and hopefully everything continues to progress as far as his health. But I thought the games he did play, he’s steady back there and plays a hard game. He’s not overly physical, but he makes contact and he can get a stop in D-zone. Very direct, makes simple plays with the puck, underhandles it and he can make plays on the offensive blue line as well.

“And just his experience, he’s a bit of a bridge between the young group that we have and the group that’s been here. I think that’s good. He’s been in other organizations and helps the new guys to fit in because he’s a new guy, too. We’d love to get him back.”

Phase 3 of formal training camps was originally scheduled to begin on July 10, but that date is likely to be pushed back to July 13.