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Sharks look for more dominance against Blackhawks

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

power-play goal.

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.


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