San Jose Sharks (8-5-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-6-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 9, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -165 / San Jose Sharks +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5
CSNCAL, WGN, TVA
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks play Sunday night at the United Center.
The San Jose Sharks have won four of their last six games, including a Saturday matchup against the Dallas Stars. The Sharks offense has carried the way, as they’ve produced three or more goals in seven of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals on the season and have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring three or more goals. Logan Couture has seven goals, Patrick Marleau has 10 assists and Tommy Wingels has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, Antti Niemi has allowed 26 goals on 317 shots and Alex Stalock has given up 12 goals on 159 shots faced. The Sharks have allowed a power play goal in three of their last six games and have scored a power play goal in four straight games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have lost four of their last six games and and continue to struggle offensively. The Blackhawks are averaging just 2.4 goals on the season and have been shutout twice in their last six contests. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring two or less goals. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with five goals, Brandon Saad has seven assists and Patrick Sharp has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, Corey Crawford has allowed 14 goals on 201 shots, Scott Darling has given up six goals on 90 shots and Antti Raanta has also allowed six goals on 90 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games and have scored a power play goal in three of their last four games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 66-27 in their last 93 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, while the home team is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
I don't love the juice but the Sharks have had no success playing in Chicago and the home team has domianted this series over the years. Look for the Blackhawks to get back on track with a big win here.