NHL 13: Sharks at Hawks simulation


Unbeaten in regulation and looking to set the record for consecutive games with a point to start the season, the Chicago Blackhawks -- despite recent injury troubles -- look to continue their success against the once-dominant San Jose Sharks. Although the Sharks won their last game against the St. Louis Blues 2-1, it remains their only win in a forgettable February that includes 5-3 and 4-1 losses to the Chicago Blackhawks in their only two meetings this season.

Sharks' keys to the game

• Where's the Frenzy? -- Having lost four one-goal games and only allowing two or fewer goals in five out of eight games in the month of February, the Sharks simply have to find a way to put more pucks in the back of the net.

Blackhawks' keys to the game

• Healthy Hossa -- Marian Hossa left the game Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks after receiving a blow to the head from Jannik Hansen (who received a one-game suspension). Although Hossa practiced Thursday and is likely to play Friday, will he feel any lingering effects from the hit?

• Eminent Emery -- As Corey Crawford recovers from an upper-body injury, Ray Emery must continue his stellar play in goal if Chicago hopes to remain unbeaten in regulation. Emery has posted a .925 save percentage through six starts this season.


Three Stars


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