Scott Darling starts again for Blackhawks against Wild


Scott Darling starts again for Blackhawks against Wild

Scott Darling will get his third consecutive start and the rest of the lineup should remain the same as Friday’s when the Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Darling is coming off a 28-stop shutout – his first of the season and second of his career – against the Winnipeg Jets. Michael Leighton will once again serve as Darling’s backup. As for Corey Crawford, who did not skate on Sunday morning, coach Joel Quenneville said the goaltender’s status has not changed. Crawford is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

The Wild, which beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout on Saturday afternoon, enters this game a hungry and desperate team. It is one point behind Colorado for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference. Devan Dubnyk is expected to start for the Wild.

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The Blackhawks don’t need much incentive entering this game: the Wild destroyed them in their outdoor game last month, and the Blackhawks say they have to remember that when they hit the ice tonight.

“There’s no doubt we have to use a little bit of a fire that comes off the loss we had at the outdoor game. It obviously didn’t feel good. But more than anything, we have to realize this team has a little bit of a chip on its shoulder when they play us, given the history we have in the playoffs,” Jonathan Toews said. “If it was the other way around we would [feel] the exact some way. We have to be more prepared for that.”

Meanwhile, Marcus Kruger (wrist) continues to skate with the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville reiterated that Kruger will go on the Western Canada trip later this week; he was uncertain, however, when Krugerwould play on that trip.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."