After being blanked by Los Angeles and Edmonton, San Jose was shut
out for two periods at Calgary on Thursday before finally scoring in
the opening minute of the third in a 4-1 loss. Chicago continues its
seven-game road trip after splitting the first two contests. The
Blackhawks dropped a 5-4 overtime decision in Calgary on Tuesday
before scoring five unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 triumph at
Vancouver the following night.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NHLN, CSN (Chicago), CSN California (San Jose)
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (33-10-13): Wednesday's victory was the 693rd
regular-season win of Joel Quenneville's coaching career, moving him
past Dick Irvin for third place on the all-time list. He is less
than 100 triumphs away from passing Al Arbour (782) for the second
spot behind Scotty Bowman (1,244). Chicago snapped a four-game
winless streak with the victory over the Canucks and improved to
5-3-6 over its last 14 contests.
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ABOUT THE SHARKS (34-15-6): San Jose's offensive struggles go
back to earlier this month, as the club has scored fewer than
three goals in regulation eight times in its last 12 games. The
Sharks have been shut out three times in that stretch and held
to one goal on three other occasions. "It's a big concern of
ours right now," coach Todd McLellan said. "In our last eight
games, we've only scored 13 goals, and 10 of them have come from
Chicago earned three points in the first two contests of the
three-game season series, posting a 5-1 victory on Nov. 17
before dropping a 3-2 decision in a shootout on Jan. 5 - both at
Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa has scored seven goals over his
last seven contests.
Sharks RW Eriah Hayes scored the team's lone goal Thursday,
his first in 13 NHL games.
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 5, Sharks 2
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