The Blackhawks fell to the St. Louis Blues 2-0 Sunday evening at the United Center. The result marked just the second time (Dec. 2, 2019 vs. STL) this season Chicago was shut out at home. Corey Crawford recorded 24 saves in the contest, his ninth straight start between the pipes.
San Jose fell at home on Sunday evening to the Avalanche, 4-3. Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson and Noah Gregor scored for the Sharks, while Martin Jones make 20 saves on 24 shots.
In two meetings this season, the Sharks have taken a pair of wins, 5-4 at the United Center in Chicago's home opener on Oct. 10 and 4-2 at the SAP Center on Nov. 5.
Nicolas Beaudin and Brandon Hagel will make their NHL debuts and Crawford will start his 10th straight game as the Blackhawks host the Sharks. Lucas Carlsson (concussion protocol) will return to the lineup after missing one game, while Adam Boqvist (concussion protocol), Drake Caggiula (hand) and Nick Seeler (healthy scratch) will be out.
Since March 8, Connor Murphy is second in the National Hockey League with 102 blocked shots. His 133 blocks this season are the third most of his career. He set a single-season career high with 142 blocks in 73 games played during the 2014-15 campaign. He is one goal (6) and one assist (15) away from matching single-season bests . This season, Murphy is averaging a career-high 21:14 of total ice time per game, topping his previous single-season high during the 2015-16 season when he skated in 20:30 of TOI per game.
ON THE DRAW
Dating back to Feb. 19 (10 games), the Blackhawks are sixth in the National Hockey League winning 52.1 percent of their draws. After winning seven of his 12 faceoffs (58%) against the Blues on Sunday, Dylan Strome is winning 55.3 percent of his draws since Jan. 5. Jonathan Toews is second in the league having taken 1,480 draws this season and is sixth winning 57.2 percent of those faceoffs (minimum 900 faceoffs).