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Blackhawks-Sharks highlights Thursday schedule @NHL
Who's the best in the West? The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks will take a step toward answering that question when they collide on Thursday night as part of an exciting eight-game schedule.

The Jose Sharks, who sit atop the League standings with 78 points and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, host the Blackhawks (36-13-4)r, just two points behind, at HP Pavilion at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on the NHL Network in the U.S.

The Sharks have been off since Saturday's 5-2 win over Buffalo, while Chicago is playing the seventh of an eight-game road trip. The Hawks won 4-2 at Edmonton on Tuesday.

Four games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia Flyers, who have won seven of 10, host the Atlanta Thrashers at the Wachovia Center. In a game that can be seen on TSN and RDS in Canada, the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to end the Ottawa Senators' seven-game winning streak when they meet at Mellon Arena. Also, the New York Islanders visit Carolina, while the Los Angeles Kings take on Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

In a Northwest Division showdown, the Colorado Avalanche (30-15-6) look to make it seven in a row as they host the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center at 9 p.m. ET. Colorado is two points behind Vancouver for first place in the division, while the Wild (26-23-4) come off a 5-2 win over Detroit.on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames -- who are 0-6-2 in their last eight after a 4-3 shootout loss at Dallas on Wednesday -- will be in Phoenix to take on the Coyotes at Arena.

Thirty minutes later, the Edmonton Oilers will hope to avoid a three-game skid as they host the St. Louis Blues at Rexall Place at 9:30 p.m. ET. St. Louis is 6-4-1 in its last 11 games, including a 3-2 loss at Vancouver on Wednesday.

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