San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks
NHL: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
The San Jose Sharks head to the Windy City to the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in a non-conference showdown. The Sharks (29-35-5) beat the Blackhawks (31-30-8) on home ice in their second game of the season and to sweep the season series they will have to snap their three-game losing streak.
Maybe Not Bad to be on the RoadThe Sharks have lost three in a row where all the losses were at home. They have really been up and down in the last couple of weeks, as before their three-game skid they won three in a row and before that, they lost five straight games. San Jose has the second-fewest points in the Western Conference and on the season they are 12-18-3 on the road. In their last game, the Sharks lost to the Colorado Avalanche 4-3.
Three different players scored and Timo Meier had two assists in the losing effort. Martin Jones (17-21-2 3.00 GAA) only faced 24 shots in the game but gave up four goals. Jones has given up seven goals in his last two starts, both losses, and he or Aaron Dell (12-14-3 2.91 GAA) will get the call against the Blackhawks.
The main issue for San Jose this season has been their offense, which ranks 27th in the NHL in goals per game. Meier leads the team in assists and has a goal and five assists in his last five games. Evander Kane (25 goals) and Meier (21 goals) are the only two players for the club that have scored more than 16 goals.
It Helps to Score the PuckThe Blackhawks have lost their last two games where their defense was solid only giving up two goals in each game, but they only totaled one goal. In their last game, they were at home and lost to the St. Louis Blues 2-0. They had three more shots in the game (29-26) but came up empty and Carl Crawford (15-20-3 2.79 GAA) took the loss. He may get the start in this game or the recently acquired Malcolm Subban, who came over in a trade with Vegas, will get the start, which would be his first for Chicago. On the season the Blackhawks are 15-14-4 at home and they have the fourth-fewest points in the West.
Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals, assists, and points and he has three goals and an assist in his last five games. He (31 goals) and Dominik Kubalik (29 goals) lead a Chicago attack that ranks 19th in the league in goals per game.
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