Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks at Sharks


San Jose Sharks (43–24–9) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (33–33–10)

9:30 p.m. CST

SAP Center at San Jose



ChicagoCorey Crawford (13–18–3, SV%: .909, GAA: 2.91)

San Jose Martin Jones (34–17–5, SV%: .898, GAA: 2.91)


Power Play

Chicago (20.5 percent, T-11th)

San Jose (23.8 percent, Sixth)

Penalty Kill

Chicago (73.1 percent, 31st)

San Jose (79.7 percent, 19th)

Shorts for/against

Chicago (32.6, T-11th; 34.7, 30th)

San Jose (33.4, Fourth; 28.4, Second)

Shooting Percentage

Chicago (9.9 percent, Ninth)

San Jose (10.6 percent, Sixth)

Faceoff Percentage

Chicago (49.4 percent, 21st)

San Jose (50.4 percent, 13th)

Average height and weight

Chicago 6’1”, 195 lbs.

San Jose 6’1”, 200 lbs.


Chicago Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincatJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane

Brendan PerliniDavid KampfDylan Strome

Brandon SaadArtem AnisimovDylan Sikura

Chris KunitzMarcus KrugerDominik Kahun

Duncan KeithErik Gustafsson

Gustav ForslingBrent Seabrook

Slater KoekkoekConnor Murphy

San Jose Sharks

Timo MeierLogan CoutureJoe Pavelski

Evander KaneTomas HertlGustav Nyquist

Marcus SorensenJoe ThorntonKevin Labanc

Melker KarlssonBarclay GoodrowJoonas Donskoi

Marc-Edouard VlasicBrent Burns

Brenden DillonJustin Braun

Joakim RyanTim Heed



The Blackhawks began writing their eulogy on Tuesday night in Arizona as the Blackhawks dropped the contest 1–0. An offense that has been very good all season decided not to show up in a game that could ultimately seal their fate for the season. The Coyotes kept themselves very much in the hunt after Tuesday’s win.

Chicago now may focus on young players getting better looks and the impending draft lottery coming up. Perhaps the Blackhawks can luck out and sneak into the top five and draft a player who may be able to help the roster now, if not sooner than later.

The Sharks are on the complete opposite end from the Blackhawks in the playoff picture. The Sharks have already clinched their trip to the postseason and currently sit second to the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division standings. Despite losing six straight games, the Sharks are still a much better team than the Blackhawks and should likely be able to use this game to get back to their winning ways.

The Sharks weak point this season has been goaltending. Although he has 34 wins, Martin Jones has struggled this year, posting a .898 save percentage and a 2.91 goals against average (GAA), which is identical to Corey Crawford’s GAA. This is one area the Blackhawks may be able to exploit and aid in continuing the Sharks bad losing streak.


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    Ron Luce

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