The Chicago Blackhawks return to the ice on Sunday to face the San Jose Sharks.
The Blackhawks are coming off a Friday victory over the New Jersey Devils that saw Hawks leftwinger Patrick Sharp record a hat trick.
Meanwhile, the Sharks last played on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers. In that game, Sharks center Joe Pavelski recorded 2 points to lead San Jose to a 5-1 victory over the Oilers.
On the season, the Sharks have secured 58 points (26-10-6). A mark that puts the Sharks 7 points behind the pacific division leading Anaheim Ducks.
The Blackhawks enter play on Sunday not only leading the central division with 66 points (29-7-8) but also leading the NHL.
Statistically speaking, the Sharks and Blackhawks have a similar comparison. On the season, the Sharks have the 4th ranked offense in the NHL by averaging 3.2 goals per game. The Hawks have the top ranked offense in the league by averaging 3.7 goals per game. The goaltending between the two teams has been similar this season as the Sharks are 11th in the league with a 2.5 goals-against average and the Hawks are 13th in the league with a 2.6 goals-against average.
The difference between the two teams becomes apparent on the power play. The Blackhawks are 3rd in the NHL with a power play percentage of 24.3 percent. Meanwhile, the Sharks have a penalty kill percentage of 82.1 percent, a mark that is good for 14th in the NHL. With the roles reversed, the Hawks have a penalty kill percentage of 76.7 percent (28th in the NHL) while the Sharks have a power play percentage of 19 percent (11th in the NHL).
Previously this season, the Blackhawks and Sharks played in Chicago on November 17. Corey Crawford was the winning goaltender for the Hawks in that game as Sharp led the charge with 3 points in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Sharks.
TV Information: NBC Sports Network, WGN (Local).
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
Radio Information: WGN Radio 720 AM
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra