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Raanta Wins Back-Up Role as Darling Reassigned to Rockford

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    Antti Raanta #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after a victory over the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 27, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Blackhawks defeated the Flames 3-2.

    The Chicago Blackhawks were faced with a decision on which goaltender to have on the roster to back-up Corey Crawford, and it appears as though they’ve made that choice as Scott Darling was sent back to the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday night.

    Darling played in four games while Crawford was on the shelf after suffering a lower body injury at a concert following the team’s circus road trip. In those games, Darling went 3-1-0 and only allowed eight goals in the four games.

    Darling’s reassignment means that Antti Raanta will resume his role as Crawford’s back-up. It’s unclear at this point whether Crawford will be on the ice when the Hawks travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets Saturday night, but even if he isn’t he could return when Chicago plays against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

    Raanta allowed three goals on 29 shots Tuesday night as the Hawks knocked off the Minnesota Wild at the United Center.  

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