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StarPoints For 3/25 vs San Jose

Thursday, 03.25.2010 / 12:33 PM / News
By Travis Betts  - DallasStars.com

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 80 37 47 16 84
J. Benn 81 34 45 21 79
A. Goligoski 81 6 36 9 42
C. Eakin 81 16 19 -9 35
A. Chiasson 79 13 22 -21 35
V. Nichushkin 79 14 20 20 34
R. Garbutt 75 17 15 10 32
R. Whitney 69 9 23 -6 32
R. Peverley 62 7 23 -3 30
E. Cole 75 16 13 -17 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 20 10 .919 2.41
T. Thomas 18 24 4 .908 2.88
 
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