BoT Gameday: Sharks @ Blackhawks

The San Jose Sharks wrap up a four game road trip tonight against the 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 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 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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