The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the better teams in the NHL over the past few years, but playing against the San Jose Sharks at home has been one of the few challenges that they've really struggled to meet. Over the team's past 11 meetings at the United Center, San Jose is a stunning 8-1-2, losing just a single game.
The advantage should be Chicago's tonight, though, given how the two teams match up. The Blackhawks have been one of the league's best teams on the power play of late, posting an NHL-leading 31.4 percent efficiency while holding the man advantage since Nov. 10. One of the few games when they failed to convert on the power play happened to be against the Sharks, though, when they went 0-for-4 on power plays against San Jose on Nov. 23.
San Jose has one of the league's worst units at defending power plays, though. They're among the worst in the league at penalty kills, and they've lost five of their past seven games, too. Chicago, on the other hand, has won five of its past seven games.