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Stars-Sharks Preview

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 10:11 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Sharks Preview
Previewing Saturday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Saturday, December 21
9:30 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (17-12-5) are coming off a 4-1 victory over Vancouver at American Airlines Center on Thursday night. The Stars scored two goals in a 15-second span five minutes into the game to take a lead they would never relinquish.

“We got off to a great start in the game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We hit a few mistakes, but I thought after some tough stretches we rebounded and played a pretty solid game and we got some big timely saves when we needed them.”

Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Stars, who won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 13-17 when they won three in a row.

“It’s big, especially playing against two of the top teams in the league (San Jose and Los Angeles) this weekend,” said Stars forward Rich Peverley, who had two assists in the game. “Hopefully it will give us a little confidence booster. We know we’ve got to try to keep winning to climb a little bit more.”

Stars center Vernon Fiddler, who has missed the last six games due to an upper body injury, practiced Friday. He could play Saturday. Forward Ryan Garbutt missed Friday’s practice and is questionable.

The Stars placed D Aaron Rome on injured reserve Friday.

Injuries: C Vernon Fiddler (upper body) and LW/RW Ryan Garbutt (foot/ankle) are questionable. D Aaron Rome (lower body), D Trevor Daley (ankle) and D Stephane Robidas (leg) are out.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (21-8-6) are coming off a 4-1 loss in Los Angeles on Thursday. It was the sixth loss in the last eight games for the Sharks (2-5-1). San Jose, which ranks fourth in the league in goal scoring at 3.14 goals per game, scored two goals or fewere for the fifth time in the last eight games.

The Sharks lost forward Tomas Hertl, who leads NHL rookies in goals and points, in the game. Hertl was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Kings forward Dustin Brown. Hertl won’t play Saturday against the Stars and could be out for a while.

"He's not playing tomorrow and he's probably not playing before Christmas, and right now I don't expect him back for a little while,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan told reporters on Friday.

The Sharks recalled forward Matt Nieto from San Francisco of the ECHL on Friday.

Injuries: F Tomas Hertl (knee), F Adam Burish (back) and F Raffi Torres (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Sharks.

*The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series and the Sharks are 0-0-1.

*October 17, San Jose at Dallas: Stars 4, Sharks 3 (SO).

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-3-2 in their last ten games.

*The Sharks are 4-5-1 in their last ten games.

*The Stars are 7-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Sharks are 4-3-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Sharks are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games.

*The Stars have lost four of their last six on the road (2-3-1).

*The Sharks are 12-13 (92.3 percent) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.

*The Sharks have outscored their opponents 44-15 in first periods this season.

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 30-29 in first periods.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (18) and points (35).

*Patrick Marleau leads San Jose in goals with 16. Joe Thornton leads the Sharks in points with 36.

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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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