Chicago (31-15-8) at Tampa Bay (19-26-11), 7:30 pm EST
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be
without leading-scorer Patrick Sharp for the first time this
season when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
Sharp is expected to miss two to three weeks after suffering a
lower body injury during Saturday’s 6-2 victory over the Dallas
The 27-year-old center was injured just 39 seconds into the
contest after being checked by Dallas’ Steve Ott. Sharp did not
put much weight on his left leg while retreating to the dressing
A five-year veteran, Sharp has recorded 23 goals and 15 assists
in 54 games this campaign.
The Lighting are in the midst of a six-game homestand. Tampa
Bay has posted a 2-2-0 record over that stretch with a visit
from the New Jersey Devils still remaining.
Rookie netminder Mike McKenna has started five consecutive games
for Tampa Bay, going 2-2-1 with a 2.67 goals-against average and
one shutout this season.
The 25-year-old was not impressive the last time out,
surrendering three goals in the first period before getting
pulled in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.