A one game conditioning stint was all that Scott Darling needed to prove to the Carolina Hurricanes that he was ready to return from a preseason lower body injury.
The Hurricanes activated Darling from his assignment to the American Hockey League on Thursday, one day after Darling took a shutout into the final five minutes of the Checkers’ win over Utica and earned the first star of the game in a 3-1 win. Darling will be available to the Hurricanes for the upcoming three-game homestand that begins Friday with a visit from the San Jose Sharks.
Darling suffered a lower body injury in the pre-season finale against Nashville and begin the season on injured reserve, necessitating a waiver claim for Curtis McElhinney from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Following today’s practice we should get an update from coach Rod Brind’Amour about the Canes’ plans now that they have three healthy goaltenders on the active roster.
The release from the team is below.
DARLING RECALLED FROM CONDITIONING STINT
Goaltender made 25 saves in 3-1 Checkers win on Wednesday
Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Scott Darling from his conditioning stint with Charlotte (AHL).
Darling, 29, stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win at Utica on Wednesday, in his first AHL appearance since 2015. The 6’5”, 226-pound netminder suffered a lower-body injury in Carolina’s final exhibition game against the Nashville Predators on Sept. 30 and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 3. Darling has posted a 52-38-16 record in his NHL career with a 2.67 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and four shutouts.