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The Blackhawks (33-33-10) will look to rebound from a tough loss in Glendale, AZ on Tuesday night with their final meeting of the season with the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks (43-24-9). Chicago has dropped both games against the Sharks this season.
Video: Jeremy Colliton on Crawford
The Blackhawks saw their playoff push take a hit against the Coyotes, as Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 1-0 win for the home team. Corey Crawford turned in another impressive performance to lead the Blackhawks, with 28 saves in a losing effort.
The loss was Chicago’s first shutout defeat since a 4-0 setback in Philadelphia on Nov. 10.
A former Coyote continued to play well for the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, as Brendan Perlini managed a team-high four shots on goal. After being acquired from Arizona on Nov. 25, Perlini has put together his best month of the season in March. His eight goals this month lead the Blackhawks and his 10 points (8 G, 2 A) are also best on the team.
Perlini scored his first goal as a Blackhawk when the team faced the Sharks back on Dec. 16 at the United Center.
San Jose clinched a playoff spot last week, but the Sharks are currently mired in their longest losing streak of the season. The six-game skid began back on March 14 in a loss to Florida and has continued with San Jose earning a lone point in an overtime loss to Anaheim on Friday.
The Sharks are hoping to have Erik Karlsson back for a postseason run, as the biggest acquisition of the 2018 offseason hasn’t played since Feb. 26. Karlsson will not skate on Thursday against Chicago, but the Blackhawks may have to worry about fellow 2019 All-Star Joe Pavelski.
The longtime Shark has missed San Jose’s last five games with a lower-body injury, but the captain will be a game-time decision against the Blackhawks on Thursday night.
This is the third and final meeting of the season between Chicago and San Jose. The Sharks won both previous matchups, with a 7-3 win at the United Center on Dec. 16 and a 5-2 win in the Bay Area earlier this month. The Blackhawks last defeated the Sharks in February of last season, with Artem Anisimov scoring his 17th goal of the season with an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 win.
There are no lineup changes for the Blackhawks.
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Brent Burns has kept the Sharks afloat during the team’s recent losing streak with a four-game point streak that was snapped in San Jose’s 3-2 loss to Detroit on Monday. The 34-year-old defenseman leads the Sharks in points this season with 77 (13 G, 64 A) and has enjoyed a career year during his 16th season in the NHL.
For just the third time in his career, Burns reached the 75-point plateau while recording a career-high 64 assists for San Jose.