San Jose (4–10–1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (4–6–3)
9:00 p.m. CST
Chicago (12.8%, 28th)
San Jose (22.0%, 13th)
Chicago (79.1%, 21st)
San Jose (89.6%, First)
San Jose (8.3%)
Chicago (48.7%, 22nd)
San Jose (51.5%, seventh)
Average height and weight
Chicago — 6-foot-1, 196 pounds
San Jose — 6-foot-1, 203 pounds
Projected lines and pairings
San Jose Sharks
The Blackhawks are riding high after their victory over the Anaheim Ducks, which appears to be the first victory in the new youth movement era. In their victory, Jonathan Toews hooked up with Patrick Kane on the overtime winner. The team also saw the first NHL goal for young phenom Adam Boqvist, giving the rookie his first professional goal and his first NHL goal within mere days. it is pretty clear why fans expect big things from the young future star.
The bigger star from the Blackhawks last game was goalie Robin Lehner. Lehner put up another impressive outing in Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite facing the most shots in the NHL, on average, Lehner continues to boast the leagues third best save percentage. He attributed that to playing behind a young porous defense during his time in Buffalo in the post game scrum. He will have to continue to play at high level against their opponent tonight, the San Jose Sharks.
The San Jose Sharks are coming off a a 5-2 loss against the upstart Vancouver Canucks, and are struggling much like the Blackhawks. Age, inconsistency, and poor goaltending appear to be the biggest issues plaguing the Sharks. The average age of the Sharks is 29.2 years, which is a full two years older than NHL average. In addition to being long in the tooth, the goalie tandem of Martin Jones and Aaron Dell rank in the bottom 15 of NHL goaltenders this season.
While the Sharks have some glaring weaknesses, they also have some positives. Brent Burns ranks in the top 30 offensive players with 14 total points, and Evander Kane is 14th in the NHL with eight goals. This is the second meeting this season between the Blackhawks and the Sharks. The first meeting ended in a 5—4 overtime win for the Sharks, at the United Center, which means that the Blackhawks are looking to avenge earlier loss while the Sharks are to get back on a winning track.
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