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Marleau to play 800th consecutive game; Chicago ends road trip against San Jose, which has lost past five

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (4-6-3) at SHARKS (4-10-1)



The Game

The San Jose Sharks look to end a five-game losing streak when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at SAP Center on Tuesday.

Goalie Martin Jones will start for the Sharks, who have been outscored 22-8 during the streak (0-5-0) and have one win in their past eight games (1-6-1).

The Blackhawks complete a four-game trip; they are 1-1-1. Robin Lehner will make his second straight start for Chicago, which has two wins in its past four games after having two wins in its first nine games (2-5-2).


Players to watch

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has a goal and two assists in his last two games after failing to score in his previous six.

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is expected to play his 800th consecutive game. He scored two goals in a 5-4 win at the Blackhawks on Oct. 10 but has not scored a goal in 10 games since.


They said it 

"We don't feel our game is in a perfect spot. We're going to continue to work at that. I think we were playing quite well there during the home stretch. We didn't get enough points. We had to get some points on this road trip to be in that mix. Tonight's a big moment for us. Let's respond, let's use this little bit of momentum we've been able to gather and come out and be really good." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"We just need a full 60-minute effort. You're not always going to get a good start. We'd love to get a good start. If we don't, it's how you handle it. Are we going to implode where one (goal against) become two or three like the other night? … It's all handling that adversity." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex Nylander -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf -- Kirby Dach

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Carpenter -- Andrew Shaw

Adam Boqvist -- Duncan Keith

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Olli Maatta -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Zack Smith, Dennis Gilbert, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Barclay Goodrow

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Patrick Marleau

Lean Bergmann -- Noah Gregor -- Lukas Radil

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Trevor Carrick

Injured: Jacob Middleton (shoulder), Dalton Prout (upper body), Dylan Gambrell (upper body), Melker Karlsson (upper body)


Status report

Simek, who had MCL and ACL surgery last season, will make his season debut. He was recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Monday after playing two games on a conditioning stint. ... Melker Karlsson is day to day, according to DeBoer. He missed practice Monday after he was injured in a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. … Prout, Gambrell and Middleton all skated in non-contact jerseys in the morning skate.


Stat pack

Keith needs two goals for 100 in the NHL. … Labanc has a two-game assist streak. … Evander Kane is two assists from 200 in the NHL. … The Sharks are 20-for-21 on the penalty kill at home this season.

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