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CHICAGO -- For the past two-plus seasons, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling fulfilled his role as Corey Crawfords backup without complaint.Naturally, Darling has bigger dreams of becoming a No. 1 netminder. His recent success as Crawfords injury replacement has reinforced the faith of his coaches and teammates.I think that, being patient, he can become a starter, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.Chicago (17-8-3) leans on Darling again as they host the New York Rangers (18-9-1). The teams play each other twice in the next five days in their only meetings of the season.Darling, 27, makes his fourth consecutive start as Crawford recovers from an emergency appendectomy. He has posted a .940 save percentage in his last three outings and is 8-5-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.Crawford could miss a couple more weeks, which means Darling will receive regular work.You find a lot about the goalie, whether he can handle that workload, Quenneville said. Every time hes done it, hes proven that he can do it. I think thats the next step is the real job. Theres not a lot of opportunities to get that job in our league and its very competitive, but I think hes proven that he can play a lot of games.The Rangers pose a tough test for any goaltender. New York leads the league with 99 goals this season and averages 3.54 goals per game. Michael Grabner has a team-leading 13 goals, while Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes have 11 goals apiece.Hayes most recent goal Thursday night lifted the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg. The Rangers improved to 8-5-0 on the road as they travel to the United Center.Injuries to key players have forced both teams to adjust.The Blackhawks will be without Crawford, captain Jonathan Toews (upper body) and defenseman Brent Seabrook (upper body). The absence of Toews has prompted Quenneville to give more responsibility to center Marcus Kruger.For the Rangers, Nash will miss his second consecutive game because of a groin injury. The 32-year-old likely will miss one or two more games in addition to Fridays contest.Forwards Jimmy Vesey and Matt Puempel also have been out with upper-body injuries.Obviously were missing a couple key elements, but every team in the NHL goes through injuries, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. Like Ive mentioned many times, its an opportunity for some other players to step in and have more ice time and a bigger role.Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is expected to be in goal after being given the night off against the Jets. Lundqvist is 12-8-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season. In his career against Chicago, he is 6-2-2 with a 2.19 GAA and a .925 save percentage.Marian Hossa leads the Blackhawks with 14 goals. Hossa is coming off a two-goal game Tuesday in a 4-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. The performance increased Hossas total to 513 career goals, which matched him with ex-Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick for No. 38 on the all-time list. Jonathon Niese Jersey . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim. Yoenis Cespedes Jersey . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. https://www.cheapmetsjerseys.us/280l-jose-reyes-jersey-mets.html . 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Salazar has no idea why he seems to handle the Kansas City Royals so easily.Perhaps its because hes such an aggressive pitcher and they have such an aggressive lineup.The Indians right-hander went right after the Royals in his third outing against them this season, shutting them down into the seventh inning in leading Cleveland to a 7-3 victory.They like to swing a lot, said Salazar (11-3), who tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings against Kansas City in a 7-1 victory in early May, and allowed one run over eight innings in a 6-1 win last month.You really have to mix your pitches.He did that nicely, striking out seven and walking one over 6 2/3 innings.He did a really good job of keeping them off the scoreboard, for the most part, Indians manager Terry Francona said. We really needed that bounce-back win.Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer in the first off Brian Flynn (1-1), and Carlos Santana drove in two runs off long reliever Dillon Gee, as the Indians snapped a five-game skid at Kauffman Stadium.Francisco Lindor added a solo shot in the ninth for Cleveland.Youre facing an All-Star pitcher in Salazar, said Royals manager Ned Yost, who skippered the winning club last week. Hes not an All-Star for nothing. Hes tough.The Flynn-Gee combo got the call for the Royals in place of ineffective fifth starter Chris Young. Flynn lasted 2 2/3 innings in his first start since August 2014, while Gee went the next 5 1/3 innings.Then again, Cy Young would have had a tough time matching Salazar on another hot, humid night.He didnt allow a runner past first base through the first five innings, striking out Alex Gordon twice along the way. He seemed to falter in the oppressive weather in the sixth, when Salvador Perez drove in a run and Kendrys Morales scored on a wild pitch, but managed to escape the inning.He gave up a sacrifice fly in the seventh before Kyle Crockett finished the inning.Salazar pitched with the lead the entire way after Napolis homer in the first inningg, his 21st of the year just skirting inside the left-field foul pole.dddddddddddd But the rest of the Indians offense came from the same kind of small ball that carried the AL Central-rival Royals to the World Series title last season.They scored a run in the second on a single, a walk and two sacrifices. The division-leaders added three more in the fifth on a double, three singles, a walk and a fielders choice.It was a nice way to rebound after Cleveland blew a late lead in a 7-3 loss the previous night,I was really pleased the way we handled it, Francona said.STATS AND STREAKSIndians OF Erik Gonzalez had a single in the third for his first career hit. ... Salazar has won seven straight, a career best. ... Lindor has hit 24 career homers. Nineteen have been solo shots. ... Gee matched the longest relief outing of his career.HOT SEATSYost and Francona both said they may change up their lineups for the series finale on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees for the afternoon start with a heat index well into triple digits. Were going to see tonight who needs a break, Yost said.TRAINERS ROOMIndians: OF Michael Brantley will have an MRI on Wednesday after experiencing pain in his right shoulder. He had surgery last November and played in only 11 games this season before landing back on the DL. Brantley has been on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron since July 11.Royals: RHP Kyle Zimmer, one of the clubs top prospects, has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and will miss the rest of the season. The former first-round draft pick will have surgery in the coming weeks. The Mets Matt Harvey had surgery for the same condition Monday.UP NEXTThe Royals Ian Kennedy is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in daytime starts this season. He goes against fellow right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who is 4-2 with a 1.94 ERA in seven road starts. ' ' '

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