That is according to reports following Chicago’s shootout win over the New York Islanders on Friday.
Darling, who is dealing with an upper-body injury, has been impressive this season, with a 16-5-2 record and a .931 save percentage in 26 games. He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent and is likely to be in line for a starting netminder job when free agency rolls around in July.
With Darling out, the Blackhawks recalled Jeff Glass from Rockford. He backed up Corey Crawford on Friday.
Crawford made 31 saves and the Blackhawks rallied on a late tying goal from Artemi Panarin, who scored with 1:14 remaining in regulation to force overtime. He then scored the clinching goal in the shootout for Chicago’s sixth straight victory.
The red-hot Blackhawks are now one point back of Minnesota for the Central Division, but the Wild have two games in hand.
How quickly things have changed for the St. Louis Blues in the last two weeks.
On Feb. 16, the Blues had beaten the Vancouver Canucks for a sixth straight win and a seventh win in eight games since firing Ken Hitchcock and naming Mike Yeo as the replacement head coach ahead of schedule.
In terms of results, the Blues had seen the desired impact in the immediate wake of the coaching change.
Since then? The Blues have now lost five in a row, as their skid, which has once again put them outside of a wild card spot in the Western Conference, continued Friday in a 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
“We’re trying to build more pace into our game. We’re seeing less consistency in our game lately in the four losses,” said Yeo prior to Friday’s game. “Just not enough in there to guarantee wins.”
Blake Wheeler opened the scoring in the first period and finished it with just over a minute remaining in the third period. Mixed in there was Brian Little’s empty net goal that put this one out of reach for St. Louis. Making matters worse, Alex Pietrangelo crashed hard into the boards after losing the race to the puck with Little.
The Blues remain a single point back of L.A. for the final wild card spot, but with a game in hand, too. So the old adage of controlling their own destiny does still apply, but with less than 20 games now remaining in their schedule, a prolonged losing skid can quickly squash that.
The Blues are in Colorado to face the last-place Avalanche on Sunday.
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Nice pass from Sidney Crosby, who found Streit all alone in front after a breakdown in the defensive end from Tampa Bay. That goal, just 1:28 after Nikita Kucherov scored to tie the game, gave Pittsburgh the lead once again and the Penguins wouldn’t let it go this time in a 5-2 victory.
Pittsburgh’s trio of stars — Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel — was dominant. And Justin Schultz, acquired last season from Edmonton, continued his resurgence with a goal, his 10th of the season, and an assist.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres points leader Kyle Okposo will miss the team’s two games this weekend because of an injury to his ribs.
Coach Dan Bylsma did not reveal the nature of the injury and said it was too early to determine how long Okposo might be sidelined. The top-line winger had two assist before being hurt in the second period of a 6-3 win over Arizona on Thursday.
Buffalo hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday night and travels to play Pittsburgh the following day.
Okposo was the team’s top free-agent addition last summer and leads Buffalo with 43 points (19 goals, 25 assists) in 63 games.