After a mini vacation in Las Vegas, the Chicago Blackhawks resume play in San Jose at the Shark Tank. The Blackhawks are currently 1-1-1 on the Circus Trip. The Blackhawks last game was a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Patrick Kane is currently riding a career-high points streak. Kane has recorded a point in the Blackhawks’ last 16 games. He has 10 goals and 16 assists in those 16 games, but he has not scored a goal since his seven-game goal streak was snapped against Edmonton at the start of the trip. Artemi Panarin continues to have an impressive rookie year in the NHL. Panarin is averaging exactly one point per game with 21 points ( 7 goals and 14 assists) in 21 games.
Tonight’s game is a rematch of the Western Conference final from 2009-10. The Sharks are currently riding a six-game win streak and getting contributions from old and new players alike. The Sharks still have staples from the 2009-10 team in Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. They have added Martin Jones and Joel Ward to their nucleus. Ward, after a hot start, has cooled as of late. He has zero points in his last four games. Jones meanwhile has been impressive this season and has won his last five in a row. In his first full season as an NHL starter, he is 11-5-0 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.02 goals-against average. It will be a good game between two Western Conference foes.
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Here is your viewing information for tonight’s game:
TV Listings- NBCSN (Rivalry Night Game)
TV Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Radio Listings-WGN Radio
Radio Live Stream-WGN Live Streaming
Onto the prediction part. Despite their poor record so far this season, I believe the Blackhawks rally from a loss against Vancouver.
Final Score- The Blackhawks get production from “Bread Line” once again as Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin both record goals. Panarin has not recorded a point in his last two games and is due to return to the point sheet. The Blackhawks also get production from another line as Andrew Shaw gets a goal while on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt, but Shaw’s goal will come on the powerplay. The Sharks will be resilent and make the game interesting with goals from Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns. The final score of the game will see Blackhawks win 3-2.