Sharp contributed a goal and a power-play assist in Tuesday's 8-2 rout of the Senators. Sharp was one of six Blackhawks to post multiple points in this one, led by Patrick Kane's five-point night. While the 36-year-old forward's best days are behind him, Sharp's three goals in the past four games suggest he's still a dangerous sniper.
Sharp will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Devils, Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sharp was given a night to clear his head Thursday against the Stars, but he will return as a member of the top line and is expected to skate alongside Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. Alex DeBrincat gets bumped out of the top-six forward group as a result of Sharp's return.
Sharp scored the opening goal of the game and garnered an assist against Anaheim on Monday. Sharp's two-point performance ended a 16-game point drought that dated back to mid-October. The winger's struggles to produce saw his role on the power play drastically diminish to the point where he logged just 11 seconds of ice time with the man advantage Monday. Given the veteran's slow start, it's probably too early to say he has turned it around, but at least he is back on the scoresheet.
Sharp hasn't recorded a point in his last seven games. The veteran forward is locked into a third-line role with the Blackhawks, but he's also averaging 3:24 on the man advantage per contest, so there's reason to believe his offensive numbers will only improve as the season progresses. Sharp has always been a streaky scorer, so if he's able to find the back of the net soon, he could embark on a multi-game point streak, which could enable his owners to cut bait and sell high. The 35-year-old Canadian's first chance to snap his scoreless streak will come Saturday against the Wild.
Sharp recorded a goal in Saturday's 2-1 overtime victory over Nashville. The three-time Stanley Cup champ has enjoyed his return to the Blackhawks at this point, having already logged two goals and four points in six games after finishing with eight goals and 18 points in 48 games with Dallas a season ago. Sharp is no longer a top-six forward at this point in his career, but he will continue to contribute on the power play and provide some scoring depth for Chicago.
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