National Hockey League

Sharks' defense to be tested vs. Patrick Kane, high-flying Blackhawks

After Thornton’s return to the lineup early in the season following some complications with his surgically repaired knee, DeBoer took the vet off the Pavelski-led top line and made him a third-line center with Sorensen on his wing.

After missing morning skate Saturday with the flu, Brent Burns is expected to suit up for Team Teal on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.But having the Norris Trophy hopeful in the lineup means more than just preserving his ironman streak of 454 games.

The Sharks will want him in the mix as they try to contain Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and a high-octane Blackhawks team, despite not currently being in a playoff spot, will be a tried and true test for San Jose’s defensive front.

Plus, the Blackhawks’ power play has been coming along and has found the back of the net in 20 of its last 27 contests — a challenge for San Jose, whose penalty kill has fallen to 10th in the NHL.

SAN JOSE — Sharks winger Evander Kane is expected to miss Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, coach Peter DeBoer said, with an undisclosed injury.

Kane sat out Thursday’s team practice for what DeBoer then termed a maintenance day, but he didn’t play in Friday’s win over the Colorado Avalanche because of the injury.

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