SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Blackhawks decided against bringing up two forwards from Rockford for tonight's game against the Sharks, meaning defensemen John Scott and Jordan Hendry will be the wingers on the fourth line with center Jake Dowell.
Rookie Jeremy Morin was the only recall. Hendry hasn't played in 13 games.
Nevertheless, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville doesn't see his team as playing short-handed in such an important game.
"We could have (brought up a second forward). We did last game and it was an option," Quenneville said following Saturday's morning skate at HP Pavilion. "One thing about putting defensemen up front, you know they're responsible with their defensive mindset, which is kind of like how we want to approach it. Plus we get Jordan in the lineup, which is something we're looking forward to."
The Hawks could be catching a tired Sharks team that is playing its first game at home following a five-game eastern road trip that concluded Thursday night in Buffalo.
The Sharks had to stop for fuel in Kansas and didn't get to their homes until about 4:30 a.m.
The Hawks flew into San Jose on Thursday afternoon and are well rested.
"Common sense says yes, they're in and they're a little more rested, but it's the National Hockey League and every team plays 82 games and it's not always going to work in your favor," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We can do one of two things tonight: We can come out and empty our tanks on the ice and throw everything we have at them, or we can use it as an excuse and look up at the end of the game and say we were tired. I'd like to think we have the character in the locker room to pick the first option."
Antti Niemi starts in goal for the Sharks against Corey Crawford, who is looking for his eighth straight win.