The Blackhawks would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Canucks in any fashion or if they get one point and both the Calgary Flames and Kings lose in any fashion or either the Flames or Kings lose in regulation. The Blackhawks cannot clinch a playoff berth if they lose in regulation.
Sharp took a rest day Wednesday, when the Blackhawks returned to practice. Patrick Kane also joined the team on ice for the first time since suffering a fractured left clavicle Feb. 24.
Joakim Nordstrom, who suffered an upper-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 25, also practiced in a non-contact role both days. He is expected to be out the next two days. Daniel Carcillo did not practice and remains listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Newly signed college prospects forward Kyle Baun and defenseman Michael Paliotta also practiced.
The Blackhawks are coming off back-to-back victories against the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings to cap off a 9-3-1 record for March. They sit in third place in the Central Division with 98 points; one point behind St. Louis and three up on the fourth-place Minnesota Wild. All three teams play Thursday night and have six games remaining on their schedule.
The Blackhawks look to avoid a three-game season series sweep against the Canucks, who have won nine of the last 14 games overall. Vancouver is 4-0-2 in their last six trips to Chicago, who rallied from a two-goal deficit before Daniel Sedin scored in overtime for a 5-4 overtime win in the most recent matchup on Feb. 1.
Crawford is 5-3-3 with a 2.43 goals against average in .920 save percentage in 11 meetings with the Canucks.
Here are the lines from Thursday's morning skate:
Both Marian Hossa and Brad Richards used a rest day Thursday and did not participate in practice. Kane skated in Richards spot and Baun in Hossa's spot.
Opponent Breakdown: Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver sits in second place in the Pacific Division, which the Anaheim Ducks have already clinched. The Canucks hold a four-point lead over the third-place Calgary Flames, while the fourth-place Kings are seven points back.
The Canucks have won two straight and five of their past seven. Vancouver won back-to-back games against St. Louis and Nashville on the road, but prior to that they suffered losses to non-playoff teams in Dallas and Colorado.
The Sedin twins lead Vancouver's offense with Daniel Sedin scoring 16 goals and 52 assists for a team-high 68 points, while Henrik Sedin follows with 17 goals and 49 assists for 66 points.
Eddie Lack mans the net for the Canucks in the absence of injured Ryan Miller (sprained knee). Lack has given up six goals on 67 shots in two career wins against the Blackhawks.
Chicago: Patrick Kane (collarbone) and Joakim Nordstrom (upper-body)
Vancouver: Brad Richardson (ankle), Zack Kassian (back) and Ryan Miller (knee)
When: 7:30 p.m. CT
Where: United Center