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San Jose goes for eighth straight win; Ejdsell makes NHL debut for Chicago

by Charlie Roumeliotis / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (43-23-9) at BLACKHAWKS (31-36-9)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, NBCSCA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The San Jose Sharks will try for their eighth straight victory when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.

A win by the Sharks would match their third-longest winning streak in team history and would be their longest since Feb. 13-March 3, 2011.

San Jose trails the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights by six points; the Sharks are four points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks for second place with one game in hand.

The Blackhawks recalled forward Victor Ejdsellfrom Rockford of the American Hockey League on Sunday, and he will make his NHL debut. The Blackhawks acquired Ejdsell on Feb. 26 in a trade that sent forward Ryan Hartman to the Nashville Predators.

 

Players to watch

Sharks forward Logan Couture has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past six games after going pointless in his previous four.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games.

 

They said it

"We know how to win different ways. But at the end of the day, we understand games are going to be tight and we gotta bring our [A] game." -- Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

"My first thought was to get adjusted to the smaller rink, it's a different game, but it's been going pretty good. I'm excited to be here. It's a great opportunity for me." -- Blackhawks forward Victor Ejdsell on his NHL debut

 

Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Melker Karlsson

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Barclay Goodrow -- Marcus Sorensen -- Jannik Hansen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Tim Heed, Joel Ward

Injured: Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Eric Fehr (lower body), Joakim Ryan (upper body), Joe Thornton (knee)

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Victor Ejdsell -- Patrick Kane

Vinnie Hinostroza -- Nick Schmaltz -- Alex DeBrincat

Tomas Jurco -- Artem Anisimov -- Andreas Martinsen

Patrick Sharp -- David Kampf -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson -- Jan Rutta

Jordan Oesterle -- Connor Murphy

Anton Forsberg

J-F Berube

Scratched: None

Injured: Corey Crawford (upper body), Anthony Duclair (lower body), John Hayden (upper body), Jonathan Toews (upper body)

 

Status report

Couture did not play in the second half of the third period on Saturday but took part in the morning skate and is ready to go. ... The Blackhawks signed prospect Dylan Sikura to an entry-level contract on Sunday. He will practice with the team Wednesday and could make his NHL debut Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.

 

Stat pack

Jones is 12-3-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and one shutout in his past 16 starts.

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