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Sharks vs. Blackhawks Preview: Road trip doesn’t get easier

After falling to the Senators on Friday, the Sharks move back to the United States to take on Chicago at the United Center. San Jose has been okay through the first three games of the road trip, but now face (one of) its toughest opponents on what’s a brutal road swing. The Blackhawks might not be what they were a year ago, but even a slightly muted version of Chicago is one to worry about.

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Tale Of The Tape

San Jose Sharks


16-15-1 Record 19-11-4
2nd in Pacific Rank 5th in Central
Score-Adj. Fenwick 50.7%
PDO 100.8
PP% 22.2
PK% 82.8

4PM PDT | United Center | Chicago, Ill.
TV: CSN-CA | Radio:, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Second City Hockey

Projected Sharks Lineup

Dainius Zubrus – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Matt Nieto – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward

Melker Karlsson – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi

Tommy WingelsTomas Hertl – Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Paul Martin – Brent Burns

Dylan DeMeloBrenden Dillon

Martin Jones

Alex Stalock

Projected Blackhawks Lines

Teuvo TeravainenJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Artemi PanarinArtem Anisimov – Patrick Kane

Bryan BickellDennis RasmussenAndrew Shaw

Andrew DesjardinsPhillip DanaultRyan Garbutt

Duncan Keith – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Niklas HjalmarssonBrent Seabrook

Rob ScuderiMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Last Meeting

The Blackhawks scored five times to upend the Sharks.


  • The Blackhawks are coming off a back-to-back in which they played at Buffalo yesterday afternoon.
  • Barclay Goodrow is back down to the Barracuda.
  • First-liner Dainius Zubrus lives on.

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