National Hockey League
Preview
Chicago at San Jose
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks continue their respective lengthy stretches when they face off at SAP Center on Saturday. Chicago is halfway into its season-high seven-game road trip as it improved to 2-1-0 on the trek with a 4-1 triumph at Anaheim on Friday. All-Star Patrick Kane scored two goals and set up another while Patrick Sharp collected four assists as the Blackhawks evened their mark this month at 6-6-0.

San Jose also is coming off a victory over the league-leading Ducks that raised its record to 3-1-1 on its season-best seven-game homestand. Patrick Marleau, James Sheppard and rookie Barclay Goodrow each recorded a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win as the Sharks completed their season series versus Anaheim with a 4-0-1 mark. Chicago posted a 5-2 victory over San Jose on Nov. 9 as captain Jonathan Toews registered a goal and an assist while 13 other Blackhawks notched one point apiece.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, RSN, CSN Chicago, CSN California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (31-16-2): Kane's three-point performance Friday - his third in nine games - raised his season total to 56, putting him two behind Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek for the league lead. Sharp's four-assist effort was the third of his career and pushed his point total with Chicago to 498 - moving him past Eric Nesterenko for 15th place on the franchise list. Both Kane and Sharp have registered nine points in the last five games.

ABOUT THE SHARKS (26-17-6): Joe Thornton notched a pair of assists Thursday to increase his career point total to 1,233, putting him ahead of Phil Housley for 37th place on the all-time list. The 35-year-old is seven points away from passing Peter Stastny for 36th and trails Dale Hawerchuk (891) by 10 for 20th in career assists. Joe Pavelski scored his 13th power-play goal of the season against Anaheim, tying him with Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead.

OVERTIME

1. Chicago All-Star D Duncan Keith's goal on Friday was his 400th career point.

2. Pavelski and Kane are tied for fifth in the league with 25 goals apiece.

3. Marleau has registered a goal and an assist in each of his last two contests and two points in three of his last four games.

PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Blackhawks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 31-16-1-1 W1 16-7-1-0 15-9-0-1 1-2-0-0 30-14-1-1 12-7-0-0
San Jose 26-17-2-4 W2 13-8-1-2 13-9-1-2 3-2-0-0 23-15-2-4 10-5-2-1
Last Meeting
Chicago San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/9/14 SJ 2 CHI 5 37 32 0-2 34 32 1-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago J. Toews 2
San Jose J. Pavelski 2
Goals Player  
Chicago B. Bickell 1
San Jose J. Pavelski 2
Assists Player  
Chicago M. Hossa 1
San Jose J. Thornton 2
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 32
San Jose A. Niemi 32
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Kane 59
San Jose J. Pavelski 49
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Kane 27
San Jose J. Pavelski 27
Assists Player  
Chicago P. Kane 32
San Jose J. Thornton 29
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 893
San Jose A. Niemi 1012
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  San Jose Def
3.04 GF
2.67 GA
35.2 Shots
29.1 Shots
33 PP
25 PK
San Jose Off vs  Chicago Def
2.76 GF
2.29 GA
30.8 Shots
29.6 Shots
34 PP
17 PK