Regular Season Stats
For three seasons, Scott Darling provided the Chicago Blackhawks with one of the best bargains in the league. As far as backup goaltenders go, there have been few to put up better numbers and play more consistent than Darling has in Chicago.
Darling appeared in 32 games for the Blackhawks last season, starting in 27 of those. He improved on both his save percentage and goals-against average from the 2016-17 season while making three more starts.
While Darling still struggled at times with his rebound control and moving post to post, his size and athletic ability was able to make up for any shortcomings.
After Corey Crawford underwent an emergency appendectomy in early December, Darling would start 10 straight games for the Blackhawks. He went 6-3-1 in those starts, including winning five straight starts versus the Stars, Rangers, Islanders, Blues and Sharks. He gave up three or more goals in four of those starts but was 2-2-0 those games.
Darling was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes shortly after the season ended. After three great years with his hometown team, the Blackhawks could not afford to give Darling either the pay raise or playing time he had earned. Darling signed a four-year, $16.6 million deal with the Hurricanes will get his chance to be a number one goaltender this upcoming season.
How would you rate Scott Darling’s 2016-17 performance?