The Blackhawks were expected to reassign either Darling or Antti Raanta because Corey Crawford is set to return from a lower-body injury this upcoming weekend. Darling and Raanta both played well and helped the Blackhawks to a 7-1-0 record since Crawford injured himself leaving a concert on Dec. 1.
Darling went 3-1-0 and stopped 124-of-132 shots for a .939 save percentage since being recalled on Dec. 2. He is 5-2-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .937 save percentage for the Blackhawks this season. He is 8-2-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .929 save percentage for the IceHogs this season.
Raanta started the last two games for the Blackhawks. He made 26 saves on 29 shots in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday he expects Crawford to start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday or the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Crawford is 12-5-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season.