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Sharks vs. Blackhawks: Lines, gamethread and where to watch

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San Jose and Chicago meet for the third and final time in the regular season at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center looking to win the decisive game in the season series. Chicago leads in points with three and a 1-0-1 record and can tie San Jose with an overtime or shootout loss. That matters little to the Sharks who look to get back in the win column after heading into the All-Star break with a loss to Edmonton.

San Jose sits atop the Pacific tied with the Oilers as both teams are in action tonight. Edmonton takes on Minnesota and has can take sole possession of first place with a win and a Sharks’ loss, though San Jose will still have a game in hand.

Chicago is four points behind Minnesota, though the Wild have three games in hand on the Blackhawks. The Hawks’ possession numbers aren’t all that impressive but stand in stark contrast to their incredible goaltending. Chicago has gotten spectacular even strength goaltending from both starter Corey Crawford and backup Scott Darling.

Where to watch / listen in San Jose

CSN-California / KFOX-98.5

Martin Jones gets the start for San Jose as the Sharks roll with the same lines as they used on Thursday. Lines are courtesy of Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz.

Projected Sharks Lines

Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker

Kevin Labanc – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward

Timo Meier – Ryan Carpenter – Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin – Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Projected Blackhawks Lines

Nick Schmaltz – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman – Tanner Kero – Vinnie Hinostroza

Andrew Desjardins – Dennis Rasmussen – Richard Panik

Duncan Keith – Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell – Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling