Pekka Rinne up, Scott Darling also up. It was just last week when I put together a feature story on Darling. Turned out to be somewhat awful timing considering he was sent down the same day. There has been a sharp focus on what Rinne does in his return to game action. Perhaps lost in that was some of what went on in Cincinnati during that time. How did everybody do?
Darling made two starts with the Cyclones of the ECHL. His first start was somewhat shades of his last outing in the AHL with the Admirals. He played absolutely out of his mind good – only to take a loss in the shootout. In that game he stopped 45 of 46 shots on goal and allowed the one and only goal against in the shootout on the game’s final attempt before sudden death.
His second outing might not have been great on the scorer’s sheet, allowing 5 goals from 37 shots, but that game was an open throttle game of crazy: Cyclones won it 7-5 – and, at one point, led by a score of 6-0 before allowing 5 unanswered goals.
The bloke that went down with him to Cinci last week, Zach Budish, played in three games, picked up an assist, registered a lone shot on goal, and has a plus/minus of -1. With Admirals camp still busy with plenty of healthy bodies (for a change) it could mean he stays around the ECHL for a small while. To me, that is a huge plus for his development because I have liked what I’ve seen from him this year in limited quantities. More ice time. More chance to sharpen up.
UPDATE: Just as I posted this news broke that the Nashville Predators have decided to put Devan Dubnyk on waivers.
Will Scott Darling be your man between the pipes next time out? Do you think Darling missed out on the Pekka Rinne and Mitch Korn show while they were in Milwaukee? How do you feel Zach Budish will do in the ECHL and when should we expect him back?