The Chicago Blackhawks will be without backup goaltender Scott Darling for about three weeks. This is bad news for. The Blackhawks and also for the Rockford IceHogs, who will lose Jeff Glass to the Blackhawks for that stretch.
Darling unsustained an upper body injury during Friday’s practice. Coach Joel Quenneville stated the injury might have happened on a shot. The exact injury has not been revealed.
The impact will be felt by the IceHogs who have been counting on Glass more as the drive for the playoffs really heats up. Glass was 5-7-1 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .910 save percentage and 2 shutouts with the IceHogs this season. Since signing with the Blackhawks in January, Glass has played well enough to move ahead of the other goalies and into the regular rotation with Lars Johansson.
Glass was originally drafted in the third round by the Ottawa Senators in 2004. The well-traveled goalie has played in the AHL, KHL and ECHL, but has yet to make his NHL debut. That should come during this stint with the Blackhawks.
Unfortunately, the timing is bad for the IceHogs. They were counting on Glass as they fight for a playoff spot in the very tight Western Conference playoff picture. They will look for Johansson to handle the bulk of the work in net, with veteran Mac Carruth getting some action.
Carruth will need to step up his game a bit. He is 5-9 with a 3.53 gaa and a .883 save percentage.
As for Glass, at 31, this is a great opportunity to showcase his talent on the big stage. While Corey Crawford will carry most of the load, Glass will get some time in the net. With Darling potentially looking at a big contract elsewhere next season, Glass might be able to put himself in the mix to backup Crawford longer term.
It isn’t good news for the IceHogs right now, but that is life in the AHL. Rockford Coach Ted Dent never looks for excuses and he won’t start now. The team will have to rally around Johansson and Carruth as the quest for the playoffs continues.
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