The Chicago Blackhawks have consistently earned points despite Patrick Sharp's absence. A visit from the reeling Buffalo Sabres might help them pick up another two on Wednesday night.
Chicago (27-13-6) is 3-0-1 in its last four games and topped a red-hot San Jose in its latest one Sunday.
Andrew Shaw's fourth goal in seven NHL games sealed the 4-3 win over the visiting Sharks, who were 6-0-2 over their previous eight. Dave Bolland and Viktor Stalberg also scored their fifth goals, respectively, over the last five contests.
Those contributions have helped the Blackhawks overcome the loss of Sharp to a fractured left wrist. The center, who had 20 goals and 20 assists when he suffered his injury Jan. 8, is expected to miss another two-to-three weeks.
"As a group, you try to fill the void. Obviously, he's been one of our top guys for the past couple of years," Stalberg said. "We've got enough talent to score without Sharp being here. If we play a defensive game like we did (against ...