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Sharks at Blackhawks Betting Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks can take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference final tonight when they take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 at the United Center.

The oddsmakers expect the Blackhawks’ success against the Sharks to continue tonight. Chicago is a -150 home favorite at Bovada, while the Sharks are +130 road ‘dogs. Chicago swept both games in San Jose to start the series to continue their road dominance in the playoffs.

After posting a win in Game 2 on Tuesday night the Blackhawks have won seven in a row on the road in the postseason. If the Blackhawks can play that well at home (where they’ve lost two of their last three) they could be headed to their first Stanley Cup final since 1992. The Hawks doubled up on the Sharks in Game 2, winning by a score of 4-2.

Jonathan Toews added to his Conn Smythe resume with a goal and an assist, giving him the current playoff scoring lead with 23 points. Andrew Ladd scored his second playoff goal, and immovable object Dustin Byfuglien potted his sixth while parked in front of the San Jose net. Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the Hawks in the win and has allowed only three goals on 72 shots in the series so far.

Patrick Marleau was the only San Jose player to beat Niemi on Tuesday night with a pair of goals. Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley recorded assists in the loss, their first points of the series. Evgeni Nabokov had an unimpressive game in net for the Sharks after allowing four goals on 22 shots.

The Sharks are in a must-win situation tonight and so far on the road this postseason they’ve gone 3-2. They also posted a winning record on the road during the regular season at 24-14-3. San Jose made two trips to the Windy City this season and went 1-1. That win was a 3-2 victory back in November, which was followed by a 4-3 loss in Chicago in December.

Looking back farther, the Sharks have gone 7-3 SU in their last 10 games at the United Center.

Sharks vs Blackhawks Game 3 Odds and Stats