Blackhawks looking to make history by avoiding defeat against the Sharks.
The Chicago Blackhawks are nearing history as they prepare for the visit of the San Jose Sharks to the United Center on Friday night.
The ‘Hawks are 13-0-3 for the season thus far, and should they earn at least a point against San Jose, a team they’ve already beaten twice this season, they will break a long-standing record.
Not since the 2006/07 season has a team in the NHL gone seventeen games unbeaten to start the campaign, the last being the Anaheim Ducks who went on to win the Stanley Cup that year.
Coach Joel Quenneville has been boosted by the news that forward Marian Hossa practiced on Thursday after suffering from concussion in the game against the Vancouver Canucks.
The medical team will assess Hossa as to whether he will be able to return in time to feature, but the initial reports suggest he is feeling good according to ESPNChicago.com.
The Blackhawks have been keen to downplay the interest surrounding their run, instead focusing on the task in hand on Friday night and their push at the top of the Western Conference.
They currently top the West sitting above Anaheim and Vancouver, and will be keen to extend their three-game winning streak in order to continue leading the way.