CHICAGO -- Following their first three-game losing streak of the season, the Chicago Blackhawks are changing up their lineup. The Hawks recalled goaltender Scott Darling from Rockford after the team's 6-2 loss Sunday to Boston. The 26-year-old Darling will start in net Tuesday to spell a struggling Corey Crawford, who has allowed seven goals his last two games.
"I think organizationally [Darling] made a nice impact right off the bat," said head coach Joel Quenneville following Monday's practice. "When he was called up, looked like he fit in, looks like he's really grown in his game. His size is noticeable and he's played well down [in Rockford]. It's more of a chance for him to keep going."
The Lemont, Ill., native made his NHL debut Oct. 26 for the Blackhawks and is 5-2 with a 1.97 goals against average in seven games for Chicago this season. He has a 14-8-2 record, including two shutouts, a .927 save percentage and 2.20 GAA in 26 games with Rockford this season.
The Hawks also announced a two-year contract extension for Darling running through the 2016-'17 season.
"The whole year has just been super exciting for me," Darling said. "I was thrilled to play for Rockford, and I'm obviously thrilled to play for the Blackhawks. Two more years is great news."
To make room for Darling, the Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Antti Raanta to Rockford. The team also recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom and sent down Ryan Hartman.
Coach Quenneville also said after Monday's practice that defenseman Johnny Oduya will miss "several weeks" after suffering an upper-body injury Sunday against the Bruins.
The Blackhawks are 2-2-3 on their current eight-game homestand that wraps up Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers.