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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. Marlon Mack Jersey .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. Braden Smith Jersey . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Al Woods Jersey . -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web. . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Swedens?Alex Noren?is in pole position to claim a fourth European Tour title of the season after the weather-affected second day of the?Nedbank Golf Challenge.Noren carded a second round of 67 at Sun City to reach the halfway stage of the £5.7million event on eight under par, two shots clear of Englands Chris Wood, Paraguays Fabrizio Zanotti and home favourites George Coetzee, Louis Oosthuizen and Jaco van Zyl.Victory on Sunday could take Noren to within 500,000 points of Race to Dubai leader and fellow Swede Henrik Stenson, who is seven shots off the pace after struggling to a 74.And it would also take the 34-year-old into the worlds top 10 for the first time, having been ranked 110th in May before winning the Scottish Open, European Masters and British Masters.Zanotti had earlier recorded the first hole-in-one in the tournaments 35-year history, following birdies at the first and second by holing out from 210 yards with a seven iron on the fourth.It was a great start, I couldnt believe it, Zanotti, who bogeyed the last two holes in his 68, told Sky Sports. It sounded strange when the tournament people told me I was the first to do it, but lucky for me that Im the first one.I fought hard all day long and Im in a very good position for the weekend.Oosthuizens flawless 66 was the lowest score of a second round delayed by an hour and 42 minutes due to the threat of lightning, which meant play ended in near-darkness.I felt like I hit the ball reeally well on Thursday but couldnt keep bogeys off my card and it was great to finish level after all that and then sort of build on the momentum going into today, the former Open champion said. LeRaven Clark Jersey. I feel good over the ball and just need to make a few putts.Ive won the Dimension Data here before, I love this place and its great playing on a great golf course. Theres a lot of holes where you think you can overpower it by just bombing a driver but I took the hard route today, a few three irons and a lot of five woods off the tee to give myself a mid-iron into the green.Stenson had started the day just a shot off the lead, but the Open champion carded a hat-trick of bogeys from the third and also double-bogeyed the 14th before repairing some of the damage with birdies on the 16th and 18th.The 40-year-old can end the season as European number one for the second time in four years with a victory this week, providing his nearest rival Danny Willett finishes outside the top 10.Masters champion Willett has struggled for form recently but looked like improving on his opening 75 when birdies on the seventh and eighth took him to the turn in 35.However, Willett then carded a double bogey on the 13th and dropped another shot on the next on his way to a second round of 74 to occupy a share of 54th place on five over. 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