The Chicago Blackhawks will host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in a battle of two very disappointing teams. The Blackhawks and Sharks are both proud franchises that have teams full of veterans, but 2019-20 has not gone the way they would have liked.
Even though both will miss the playoffs this season, expect a fun game on Wednesday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks can play with any team in the NHL when they are playing well, but they have also lost to some bad teams. Chicago entered the week with just 70 points, which puts them in last place in the Central Division.
Taking a closer look at the stats helps to paint the whole story with this team.
Chicago comes into the week averaging 2.9 goals per game while allowing just under 3.1 goals per game on the defensive side of the ice. The Blackhawks have killed off over 82 percent of their own penalties, but have scored on the power play just 14 percent of the time.
Patrick Kane leads the way with 31 goals, 51 assists, and 82 points, but he needs some help from his teammates.
The San Jose Sharks enter the week having lost three straight games, which has put them near the bottom of the Pacific Division. San Jose had 63 points heading into the week, but it has some things to fix as they head into a new season.
San Jose is averaging 2.58 goals per game this season while giving up 3.17 goals per game. That’s a pretty large disparity and is a big reason for their poor record.
Evander Kane leads the team with 25 goals, while Timo Meier leads the way with 47 points. The Sharks have some elite talent on their roster, but they aren’t very deep.
Both teams have been giving up goals like crazy this season, and that should make for a wild game on Wednesday night. At some point, goaltending is going to play a role, and that is where the Blackhawks have an edge.
San Jose will need to find a way to slow this game down and get the game played at their tempo to stay in it. Even though both of these teams will miss the playoffs this season, this game should be a great matchup.