Blackhawks face struggling Sharks on CSN

Blackhawks face struggling Sharks on CSN
February 1, 2014, 8:00 am
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Patrick Kane celebrates the go-ahead goal in the 2nd period against the Sharks.

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After recording a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks' road trip continues as the defending champions face a recently-struggling Sharks team. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 9:00 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

The last week and a half hadn't been looking pretty for the Blackhawks, who dropped four games in a row for the first time since the 2011-12 season. But despite facing a two-goal deficit on Wednesday, the defending champions came back to tally a 5-2 victory over the Canucks. Now their road trip continues in San Jose.

The Sharks (34-15-6) haven't had the easiest of times lately, as the team's recorded just one goal in their last three matchups. After being shut out by the Kings on Monday, Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens set a new record against San Jose, making 59 saves in his team's 3-0 shutout victory.

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Tonight will mark the Blackhawks' and Sharks' third matchup against one another this season. Both teams have tallied a victory in those first two games.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (25G, 35A), Patrick Sharp (28G, 27A), Jonathan Toews (18G, 34A), Duncan Keith (3G, 45A), Marian Hossa (23G, 23A)

Sharks: Joe Thornton (8G, 47A), Joe Pavelski (28G, 25A), Patrick Marleau (22G, 27A), *Logan Couture (14G, 21A), Brent Burns (14G, 15A)

*There is a chance Couture can return from injury tonight, but it seems doubtful.

Goaltender matchup

Both teams have yet to announce their starting goaltender, but it's likely Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks and Antti Niemi for the Sharks. Niemi's posted a .913 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average in 45 games this season.

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