San Jose takes on conference foe Chicago

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Chicago Blackhawks (26-41-11, seventh in the Central) vs. San Jose Sharks (30-35-12, seventh in the Pacific)

San Jose, California; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: San Jose hosts Chicago in Western Conference action.

The Sharks are 15-23-7 against Western Conference opponents. San Jose scores 2.6 goals per game, the least in the Western Conference. Timo Meier leads them with 33 total goals.

The Blackhawks are 15-25-8 in conference matchups. Chicago has given up 52 power-play goals, killing 75.5% of opponent chances.

Chicago took down San Jose 5-4 in the last meeting between these teams on April 14.

TOP PERFORMERS: Meier has 73 total points for the Sharks, 33 goals and 40 assists. Noah Gregor has 7 points over the last 10 games for San Jose.

Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 65 total assists and has 91 points. Alex DeBrincat has 10 assists over the last 10 games for Chicago.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sharks: 1-5-4, averaging 2.2 goals, 4.2 assists, 4.3 penalties and 10 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .906 save percentage.

Blackhawks: 2-7-1, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.9 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.

INJURIES: Sharks: Radim Simek: day to day (lower-body), Erik Karlsson: day to day (undisclosed), Jonah Gadjovich: out (undisclosed), Kevin Labanc: out for season (shoulder), Alexander Barabanov: day to day (undisclosed).

Blackhawks: MacKenzie Entwistle: day to day (shoulder).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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