St Louis (20-32-11) at San Jose (31-23-9) 10:30 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks are hoping
to ride the Cheechoo train into the playoffs.
Jonathan Cheechoo tries to lead the Sharks to their fourth
straight victory Thursday when they skate with the resurgent St.
The 25-year-old Cheechoo already has scored a career-high 40
goals en route to a personal-best 67 points. His latest
impressive performance came Monday in a 4-3 triumph over Los
Cheechoo recorded his fourth hat trick of the season, in the
victory, setting a new team record. All three of his goals came
off assists by Joe Thornton, who has set up a stunning 26 of
Cheechoo's 33 tallies since joining the team in a trade with
Boston on November 30.
San Jose trails Edmonton and Vancouver by five points for the
eighth seed in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Blues are well behind the pack in terms of
playoff positioning but have played better of late, going 8-1-3
over their past 12 games.
St. Louis is coming off Monday's 3-2 overtime triumph against
Columbus as Christian Backman scored with 1:11 remaining in the
extra session. The victory did come at a price for the Blues,
however, as rookie goaltender Curtis Sanford suffered a sprained
knee and will miss the rest of the season.