BLACKHAWKS (7-7-2) at HURRICANES (6-5-3)
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Goaltender Scott Darling will face his former team for the first time when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on Saturday.
Darling was Corey Crawford's backup for three seasons before being traded to the Hurricanes on April 28 and signing a four-year contract.
The Hurricanes are seeking for their season-best third straight win after a 3-1 victory at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
Backup goaltender Anton Forsberg will start for Chicago, which is looking to avoid its third consecutive loss. The Blackhawks have shuffled all four lines after scoring one goal in their past two defeats. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, who played on a line together for the first time this season in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, will be separated. Nick Schmaltz will move from center to left wing.
Players to watch
Forsberg is looking for his first NHL win as a starting goaltender. He is 1-9-2 in 13 career appearances. The victory came after he entered a game after regulation and stopped six shots in overtime and two of three shootout attempts for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 5-4 win against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 2, 2016.
Hurricanes center Jordan Staal has four goals in his past five games, including two on Friday, after scoring two in his first nine games this season.
They said it
"He deserves it. He was a great guy to have around, too. We got along great together, so I was really happy for him. He's easygoing, keeps things light. We could chat and laugh during games." -- Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, on former teammate Scott Darling
"We play a lot of tight games right now, that's just the way it is. We're not getting much right now offensively. We're going to continue to work on that. I think it is going to come. So be prepared to win a 2-1 game or a 3-2 game and play that way from the drop of the puck." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters
Blackhawks projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik
Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp -- Tommy Wingels -- Ryan Hartman
Lance Bouma -- Tanner Kero -- Alex DeBrincat
Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson
Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta
Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook
Scratched: Jordan Oesterle, John Hayden, Michal Kempny
Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris
Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Patrick Brown, Klas Dahlbeck
Kero will dress after eight games as a healthy scratch. … The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate.
Toews has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past 11 games after having six points (three goals, three assists) in his first six games.