San Jose (14-3-1) at Chicago (7-3-5), 7:00 pm EST
CHICAGO (Ticker) — The Chicago Blackhawks have an impressive
home record on their side; the San Jose Sharks have history on
Armed with plenty of success at the United Center this season,
the Blackhawks look to avoid a 12th straight loss to the Sharks
when the teams meet on Sunday.
The Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation at home, posting a
6-0-4 record. However, they have dropped their last two
contests there. Chicago fell, 4-3, in overtime to the St.
Louis Blues on Friday and suffered a 2-1 shootout defeat two
days prior against the Boston Bruins.
San Jose owns the league’s best record at home (10-0-1), but is
much more vulnerable on the road, posting a pedestrian 4-3-0
mark. Since losing, 6-3, on the road on October 7, 2005, it has
won 11 straight against Chicago.
The Sharks are coming off a 6-1 triumph over the Calgary Flames
on Thursday. Joe Pavelski had two goals, Milan Michalek and Joe
Thorton both tallied and captain Patrick Marleau had a
The 29-year-old Marleau has 13 goals and 16 assists in 40 career
games against the Blackhawks.
If injured goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is forced to miss his fifth
straight game, Brian Boucher will start. Boucher is 4-2-0 with
two ties and a 1.84 goals-against average in eight career games
against the Blackhawks.