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San Jose Sharks @ Chicago Blackhawks
7PM Central/5 Pacific
The Hawks at 7-6-1 are coming off an incredibly disappointing loss to the Capitals at home Friday night. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, everything fell apart late in the second period, where the Caps scored three goals in 5 minutes.
Then the Hawks couldn’t solve Braden Holtby the rest of the way. Two home points lost to a mediocre team.
The Sharks, at 8-5-2, are coming off a win last night in Dallas.
I wouldn’t read “punishment” into Marian Hossa moving to the third line. Let’s bear in mind, Bryan Bickell is now on the second line, which would seem like an undeserved reward. Rather, it appears Joel Quenneville is looking for balance and chemistry on all four lines. That said, one has to wonder how long Jeremy Morin, with 0 points in 11 games, will hold a roster spot while 2011 first round pick Mark McNeill (hat trick last night, 9 goals total) is ripping it up at Rockford, along with fellow 2011 draftee Philip Danault, and playing the kind of hockey the Hawks need more of from their forwards.
Nieto Thornton Pavelski
Marleau Couture Wingels
Hertl Sheppard Kennedy
McGinn Desjardins Burish
Versteeg Toews Kane
Bickell Shaw Saad
Smith Kruger Hossa
Morin Richards Regin
Van Riemsdyk Rundblad
Back tomorrow with a recap,
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