Chicago opened the 2019-20 season in Prague on Friday with a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane played a role in all three Blackhawks goals (1G, 2A) and Corey Crawford made 32 saves on 25 shots.
San Jose dropped their fourth straight game to open the season on Tuesday night with a 5-2 loss to the Predators in Nashville. Evander Kane scored in his season debut and Brent Burns added his first of the season in the loss.
Thursday is the first of seven straight games at home over the next two weeks for the Blackhawks following a six-day lay off after the season opener in Prague.
"It's important. Every team no matter where you are, you want to start off hot," defenseman Connor Murphy said this week. "We didn't do that with the first game but it's overseas and you can look at it as a fresh start with this little bit of a break to throw that in the past and play how we think we can."
"It's harder to dig yourself out of a hole than to start on a good note," forward Alex DeBrincat added. "Obviously last year, we dug ourselves a pretty big hole and eventually is was too big to get out, but hopefully we can take that and know what we can do with it and know it can't happen again. Our goal is to get some wins here and start out on top."