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Blackhawks Hope to Keep Fading Playoff Hope Alive vs. Sharks

The Blackhawks are seven points out of a playoff spot with six games remaining in the season

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    Blackhawks Hope to Keep Fading Playoff Hope Alive vs. Sharks
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    DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 29: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks tends goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 29, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

    With their playoff hopes rapidly dwindling, the Chicago Blackhawks will face a tough test as they take on the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

    The Blackhawks, seven points out of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference with just six games remaining, are trying to avoid missing the postseason for the second straight year, but their climb is an uphill one as they take the ice at the Shark Tank.

    The team’s lineup will remain unchanged from their 1-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. Alex DeBrincat will remain on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and Slater Koekkoek will remain on the blue line, playing alongside Connor Murphy.

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    Here is the full lineup:

    DeBrincat-Toews-Kane

    Perlini-Kampf-Strome

    Saad-Anisimov-Sikura

    Kunitz-Kruger-Kahun

    Keith-Gustafsson

    Forsling-Seabrook

    Koekkoek-Murphy

    Corey Crawford is expected to get yet another start for the Blackhawks as he celebrates being named as the team’s finalist for the Masterton Trophy on Thursday. Crawford has battled back from a pair of concussions this season, and has been turning in some great performances of late for the squad.

    Puck drop is slated for 9:30 p.m., and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.

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