Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks (-121, 5.5)
The Chicago Blackhawks look to remain the only team without a regulation loss when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Chicago started the lockout-shortened season with six consecutive victories before beginning its six-game road trip with shootout losses to the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks. The Blackhawks got back to their winning ways in Calgary on Saturday, when Marian Hossa scored with three seconds left in regulation and Patrick Kane netted the lone goal of the shootout for a 3-2 triumph over the Flames.
San Jose fell from the ranks of clubs unbeaten in regulation as it dropped a 2-1 decision to the Ducks in Anaheim on Monday. The Sharks entered the third period with a 1-0 lead, but the Ducks capitalized on a strange bounce early in the session to tie it before defenseman Sheldon Souray's blast deflected off Scott Gomez's stick and into the net with 6:39 remaining. San Jose had a season-opening seven-game winning streak end with a shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, CSN California (San Jose)ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (7-0-2):
Center Dave Bolland is "very likely" to play against San Jose after leaving Friday's game in Vancouver with a lower-body injury, according to coach Joel Quenneville. Bolland participated in practice with the team Monday afternoon. "When you do feel a lot of pain anywhere, you always have that thing in the back of your head that it could be broken," Bolland told the Chicago Tribune. "I'm just glad nothing was broken or was serious." Bolland has three goals and an assist in eight games this season. Goaltender Ray Emery made the most of a rare start Saturday, making a career-high 45 saves before denying all three Flames in the shootout.ABOUT THE SHARKS (7-1-1):
While San Jose's penalty kill has been outstanding, its power play has taken a nosedive. The Sharks killed off all six of their penalties Monday, extending their streak to 27 consecutive successful kills and rising to sixth in the league at 87.8 percent. However, they went 0-for-6 on the power play and are 1-for-18 over their last four games after going 12-for-32 in their first five contests. The chances of breaking out of their slump are slim as Chicago leads the league in penalty-killing with a 94.4 percent success rate. After registering 14 points apiece over their first six games, centers Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have been kept off the scoresheet for three straight contests. Defenseman Dan Boyle missed Monday's game with the flu.TRENDS:
* Home team is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last four meetings in San Jose.
* Under is 6-0 in Sharks’ last six overall.
* Under is 5-0 in Blackhawks’ last five road games.OVERTIME:
1. Chicago G Corey Crawford is expected to start against San Jose.
2. The home team has won five in a row and nine of the last 10 - including playoffs - in the series.
3. Sharks LW Ryane Clowe leads the NHL with 56 penalty minutes after collecting 17 against Anaheim.