Sabres Vs. Blackhawks Preview: Chicago Looks For More Success Without Patrick Sharp

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Braydon Coburn #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 5, 2012 at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks are hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night as they hope to maintain their success without star center Partrick Sharp.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night as they hope to maintain their success without star center Partrick Sharp. Since Sharp suffered his injury on Jan. 8, the Blackhawks are 3-0-1, including a 4-3 victory over the surging San Jose Sharks last weekend.

In the Sabres, the Blackhawks presumably see the opportunity to gather a couple more points in Sharp's absence. Buffalo has really struggled of late, winning just three of its past 14 matches. Those problems have been magnified on the road, where the Sabres have been out-scored 36-12 during a nine-game road losing streak.

Playing in the United Center against the Blackhawks should be particularly daunting. Chicago is 17-5-4 at home this season, only the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings have been noticeably better on their home ice this season.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Blackhawks be sure to visit Second City Hockey. For more Sabres hockey news and information, be sure to read Die By The Blade.

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