Sharks vs. Blackhawks Preview: Road trip doesn't get easier
San Jose heads to Chicago looking to clinch a winning road trip.
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
|2nd in Pacific||Rank||5th in Central |
|51.7% ||Score-Adj. Fenwick||50.7% |
4PM PDT | United Center | Chicago, Ill.
TV: CSN-CA | Radio: SJSharks.com, 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 Wingels – Tomas Hertl – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Projected Blackhawks Lines
Teuvo Teravainen – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Dennis Rasmussen – Andrew Shaw
Andrew Desjardins – Phillip Danault – Ryan Garbutt
Duncan Keith – Trevor van Riemsdyk
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Brent Seabrook
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.