The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks are each atop their respective divisions, but the Sharks have been much more consistent thanks to solid play in net.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are in need of more scoring from one of their top producers.
Two of the league's heavyweights meet for the third time this season Sunday night at the United Center.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks have taken away at least one point from eight straight games (6-0-2) while winning their last two. San Jose (25-11-5) defeated Columbus 2-1 on Saturday as Ryan Clowe and Patrick Marleau each scored and Thomas Greiss recorded 25 saves.
Greiss made his second start this month as San Jose opened a stretch of four games in six nights.
"Greiss was very good. His last two starts, both against Columbus, have been exceptional,'' coach Todd McLellan said. "It makes us feel very good heading into this busy stretch.''
That likely means Antti Niemi, who is 7-1-2 with a 1.95 goals-against average in his last 1...