The San Jose Sharks return to the ice on Thursday when they entertain the Chicago in the second contest of what will eventually be a six-game home stand.
It's a quick rematch for the Sharks and Blackhawks after San Jose lost to Chicago 3-1 in the Windy City on Friday in what was part of a disappointing four game road trip.
The swing had started well enough with a 3-2 triumph over the Blues in St. Louis, but defeats to the Nashville Predators, Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild suggested an injection of offense was needed.
As such the Sharks, 4999/1 to win the Western Conference, made the move at the trade deadline to acquire Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres and the debutant had a couple of assists in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
San Jose currently sits in second place in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind the Vegas Golden Knights and respectively, two, three and four points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames.
The Sharks are 4/7 for the win on Thursday, with Chicago at 31/20.
There are 11 teams in the Western Conference battling for the eight postseason places with the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche all still in the mix.
Noticeably absent from that list are the Blackhawks and the Sharks can ill afford to drop another game to a side that they should be beating at this point in the season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets follow Chicago into town with games against the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings on tap before San Jose heads out to Edmonton in 13 days' time.
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