The San Jose Sharks wrap up a four game road trip tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks” href=”http://blackhawkup.com/” target=”_blank”>Chicago Blackhawks. Team Teal has yet to lose in 2012 and it has been a whole month since they lost in regulation. San Jose arrived in Chicago after a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets” href=”http://firethatcannon.com/” target=”_blank”>Columbus Blue Jackets last night. Patrick Marleau scored the game winning goal with 2:57 left in regulation. The veteran forward has scored in 12 of the last 14 games. The Sharks are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.
Chicago has been in decline since the calendar turned to January. The Hawks are 2-4-1 since the new year began and hope tonight will change things. They fell outside of the division lead after an overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings” href=”http://octopusthrower.com/” target=”_blank”>Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Look for Antti Niemi to get the start against his old team where he has lost only twice since being acquired during the 2010-11 offseason. The key here is to play a full 60 minute game. No laziness, not allowing the opponent to get a shooting gallery going in the San Jose defensive zone. That’s what ruined a good effort the Sharks when they were in Chicago in December and lost a heartbreaker in overtime.
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