Konroyd's three keys to Blackhawks-Sharks

Konroyd's three keys to Blackhawks-Sharks
February 5, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Steve Konroyd

Catch all of Steve Konroyd's analysis tonight as CSN's coverage of Blackhawks-Sharks begins at 9:00 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Take care of the puck: The Blackhawks didn’t do a very good job of protecting the puck against Calgary, and as a result gave up 47 shots. That won’t work against a San Jose Sharks team that has scored the second most goals in the NHL. Limit the needless turnovers.

2. Deny second opportunities: San Jose has a team that likes to go to the net. Their forwards have size, whether it’s Marleau, Thornton, Couture or a host of others. It’s important to control rebounds and control opposition sticks in front of your net.

3. This is for first overall: With a regulation win, San Jose could leapfrog Chicago for first overall in the league standings. A lot of hockey people had this game circled on their calendars when the schedule came out in mid-January. They felt it would be the two best teams in the NHL facing off, and it is.