Hawks face off against Sharks on CSN

Hawks face off against Sharks on CSN
February 5, 2013, 11:15 am
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Nina Falcone

After defeating the Flames on Saturday, the Blackhawks will face off against the Sharks tonight. Check out all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 9:00.

Despite suffering two shootout losses in the first two matchups of their six-game road trip, the Blackhawks have yet to record a loss in regulation since the start of the shortened 2013 campaign. But tonight, the Hawks -- who sit atop of the NHL rankings with a 7-0-2 record -- will meet their match in San Jose.

The Sharks (7-1-1) rank just behind Chicago, earning 15 points in their first nine games of the season. Just last night, the team suffered their first two-point loss in a matchup against the Anaheim Ducks. But even with that loss, the Sharks still rank No. 2 in the league.

Like the Blackhawks, the Sharks' strong performance on the penalty kill is much of the reason why. San Jose's earned a 87.8 penalty-kill percentage, but the Hawks still stand at No. 1 in the league at 94.4 percent since the start of the season.

As the Blackhawks battle for a win tonight, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will be the opponents to watch out for. Both lead San Jose with a total of 14 points in nine games, and Marleau previously won the NHL's No. 1 Star of the Week after becoming the first player in Sharks' history to record four consecutive multi-point games at the start of a season. While Thornton's scored just three goals since the start of the 2013 campaign, the Sharks' captain has totaled 11 assists.

The Blackhawks haven't played a game since Saturday, and having those two days will likely give the team an extra boost heading into tonight's matchup, especially as they face a Sharks' roster that saw a tough battle just the night before.

Join the conversation during tonight's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and check out Blackhawks Pulse.