Stars-Sharks Preview

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 12:28 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars
Thursday October 17
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-3-0) are coming off a 3-2 loss in Colorado Tuesday night. The Stars outshot the Avalanche 41-26 in the game, but some stellar play by Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov and a couple of mistakes in their own end kept the Stars from getting points out of the game.

“The effort was there, but we can’t give goals away,” said Stars forward Ray Whitney. “That’s two games in a row we did that and that’s what cost us. But the effort was there, we created more and got more pucks to the net and had more scoring chances.”

The Stars finished their three game road trip with a 1-2-0 record. After Thursday’s game they’ll hit the road again, playing at Los Angeles and Anaheim this weekend.

Dan Ellis, who stopped 23 of 26 shots in Tuesday’s game, is the likely starter in goal for the Stars, who will be without Kari Lehtonen for the second straight game. Lehtonen is on injured reserve with a lower body injury.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (lower body) is out. D Aaron Rome (hip) is on a conditioning assignment.

About the Sharks

The Sharks improved to 6-0-0 on the season with a 6-2 win at St. Louis Tuesday night. The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the game within five minutes of defenseman Dan Boyle being taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit from behind by St. Louis forward Max Lapierre.

“It's tough seeing a teammate go down like that,” said Sharks captain Joe Thornton. “We had to give a good effort for Dan tonight. I've never seen that before, you're just kind of sitting on the bench hoping Dan is OK. It takes a while to kind of get back focused again.”

The Sharks had a 4-0 lead by the end of two periods and were up 5-0 by early in the third.

Boyle spent the night in a St. Louis hospital and then headed back to San Jose for further evaluation. Boyle told the San Jose Mercury News via text: "I'm OK. That was scary. Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor if any going forward."

Lapierre faces a disciplinary hearing with the league.

Defenseman Brad Stuart is eligible to return for Thursday’s game against the Stars after serving a three game suspension for a hit on New York Rangers forward Rick Nash.

Injuries: D Dan Boyle (upper body), RW Adam Burish (lower body), LW Martin Havlat (groin), and LW Raffi Torres (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Sharks this season.

*The Stars were 3-1-0 against the Sharks last season.

*The Sharks were 1-2-1 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 58-42-11 all-time against San Jose.

Statistical tidbits

*San Jose has outscored its opponents 30-9 over the first six games.

*The Sharks lead the NHL in scoring (5.0 goals per game) and shots (41.8 per game). They rank second in goals against (1.50 per game) and shots against (23.5 per game).

*The Stars are 4-12 (33.3 percent) on the power play over the last three games.

*The Sharks are 4-12 (33.3 percent) on the power play over the last two games.

*Dallas’ Tyler Seguin is on a four game points streak (2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points).

*San Jose’s Logan Couture (3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points) and Patrick Marleau (5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points) both are on six game points streaks.

*Marleau is on a three game goal scoring streak (3 goals).

*Rookie Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with 3 goals.

*Tomas Hertl leads the Sharks with 7 goals.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 7 points.

*Hertl, Couture and Joe Thornton lead the Sharks with 9 points each.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 2 1 1 -1 2
C. Sceviour 2 1 1 0 2
A. Chiasson 2 1 1 -3 2
T. Seguin 2 1 0 0 1
R. Garbutt 2 1 0 1 1
S. Horcoff 2 0 1 1 1
T. Daley 2 0 1 -1 1
A. Goligoski 2 0 1 1 1
J. Benn 2 0 1 1 1
A. Roussel 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 0 2 0 .870 3.56
 
 
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