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 three players."
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 home.
Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa has scored seven goals over his last
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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