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StarPoints For 3/25 vs San Jose

Thursday, 03.25.2010 / 11:33 AM CT / News
By Travis Betts  - DallasStars.com
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StarPoints For 3\/25 vs San Jose

Dallas Stars (32-27-14) @ San Jose Sharks (44-19-10)
7:00PM CT - HP Pavilion
Television - FOX Sports Southwest
Radio - Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket


1.)  Thursday’s game is the fifth matchup of the season between the Stars and the Sharks, and the third at San Jose’s HP Pavilion. Dallas won the two previous games this season at San Jose in the shootout, and including last Tuesday’s 8-2 win over the Sharks, the Stars are 3-1-0 overall against the Pacific Division leaders. The two teams will play one more time at American Airlines Center on March 31.
 

2.)  Brad Richards has points in 16 of his last 18 games (six goals, 17 assists). Richards has been a key contributor for the Stars on the power play and penalty kill with his ability to win faceoffs (61.3% in his last six games), and he is second in the NHL with 35 power-play points. His 82 points (21 goals, 61 assists) are already good enough for sixth place in Dallas Stars history, just 11 away from Mike Modano’s 93 points in 1993-94.

3.)  Both games in San Jose this year involved third period comebacks for the Stars, meaning it’s never a good idea to turn the TV off early when these two teams square off. On Nov. 12, Dallas came back from a 2-0 deficit in the final period before Stephane Robidas ended it in the shootout. On Dec. 12, the Stars rallied from the losing side of a 2-1 score to force a shootout, where they won thanks to Matt Niskanen’s 11th round heroics. Marty Turco turned aside eight straight San Jose attempts from players including Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.
 
4.)  Dallas is still chasing the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, and while the Stars are nine points out with nine games to play, they did move up from 13th place to 10th place with Tuesday’s win over Nashville. Dallas is 3-1-1 in its last five, and will need to continue to play at a high level in order to maintain its playoff hopes.
 
5.)  One to watch for:  San Jose’s Joe Thornton has a lot of pressure to lead his team through a tough stretch right now. Thornton’s biggest critique in his career has been his play late in the season and in the playoffs. With the Sharks coming off a 1-5 roadtrip, and in danger of losing their lead in the Pacific Division, the weight is on Thornton’s shoulders to step up and deliver. The 30-year-old center has not missed a game since being traded to San Jose in 2005, scoring 472 points (115-357-472) in 377 games with the Sharks.






















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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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