GAME: San Jose Sharks (28-16-11-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (16-30-7-5).
TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.
The San Jose Sharks hope to regroup from their worst loss of the season as
they close out a six-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Sharks are 2-3 on the trip thus far, including Wednesday's 7-3 loss to
the Nashville Predators. The defeat was San Jose's most lopsided since a 6-1
loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 4, 2003.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks are just 2-4-0-1 in their last seven
Patrick Marleau scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season Wednesday,
giving him six goals and six assists in his last 10 games. Nils Ekman also
scored, giving him three goals and six assists in his last seven games.
The Blackhawks are playing their first game since trading leading scorer
Steve Sullivan to the Nashville Predators for two draft picks on Monday.
The 29-year-old Sullivan had 15 goals and 28 assists for Chicago this
season, and has reached 60 points in each of the previous four seasons.
On Sunday, the last-place Blackhawks had their season-high three-game
winning streak snapped with a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Playing their second game in two days, the Blackhawks fired 38 shots at Olaf
Kolzig, but couldn't break through.
"The difference was we played a tough one yesterday," Chicago coach Brian
Sutter said. "But I don't care where you are in the standings, you've got to
STANDINGS: Sharks - 72 points, 1st place, Pacific Division. Blackhawks - 44
points, 5th place, 34 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Sharks - Marleau, 25 goals and 43 points; Vincent Damphousse,
21 assists; Scott Parker, 86 PIM. Blackhawks - Mark Bell, 17 goals, 22 assists
and 39 points; Scott Nichol, 104 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 17): Sharks - Power play: 15.0 percent (37 for
246), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 87.0 percent (208 for 239), 2nd. Blackhawks
- Power play: 12.2 percent (32 for 263), 28th. Penalty killing: 85.9 percent
(232 for 270), 3rd.
GOALTENDERS: Sharks - Evgeni Nabokov (18-15-7, 7 SO, 2.00 GAA); Vesa Toskala
(10-6-4, 0, 2.06). Blackhawks - Craig Anderson (4-13-0, 1, 2.76); Adam Munro
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1-1.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 2; Blackhawks, 2-1. At Chicago, Igor Korolev scored his
first goal of the season with 7:13 left to snap a 1-1 tie. Brett McLean also
scored for Chicago, which won for only the fourth time in 26 games (4-14-4-4).
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Sharks - 14-11-4-3 on the road; Blackhawks - 11-8-4-4 at