Stars-Sharks Preview

Wednesday, 02.5.2014 / 12:56 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Sharks Preview

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Wednesday, February 5
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (26-21-9) moved to within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 3-1 victory at Phoenix Tuesday night. Antoine Roussel’s goal early in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winner for the Stars, who improved to 5-1-1 over their last seven games.

“We knew that was one of the biggest games of the year,” said Roussel. “We didn't start the way we wanted, but the third period was really good for us and we got the win. The last 10 minutes we locked it down and didn't give them much.”

For the fifth time in the last seven games, the Stars allowed one goal or fewer.

With a win Wednesday, the Stars would take over the final wild card spot in the West based on the points percentage tiebreaker.

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (35-16-6) lost for the fourth time in their last five games, falling 5-2 to Philadelphia at SAP Center in San Jose Monday night. The Sharks led 2-1 going into the third period, but the Flyers scored three goals in less than three minutes early in the third to take control of the game.

“Even in the second period, we weren't the better team. We were playing with fire. It was a matter of time. If we continued to play that way, we were going to get burned and we did,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

The Sharks have scored just four goals over their last five games and have been shut out twice in that span.

This is the third game of a four-game homestand that will take the Sharks into the Olympic break. They are 1-1-0 in the first two games.

Injuries: D Jason Demers (lower body) and LW Tyler Kennedy (lower body) are day to day. C Logan Couture (upper body), LW Tomas Hertl (knee), RW Adam Burish (back) and LW Raffi Torres (ACL) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Sharks.

*The Stars are 1-0-1 in season series.

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

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

*December 21, Dallas at San Jose: Sharks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have allowed nine goals over their last seven games.

*The Sharks have scored four goals over their last five games.

*The Sharks are tops in the league with 35.0 shots per game.

*The Stars have allowed an average of 23.7 shots over their past seven games.

*The Stars are 11-38 (28.9 percent) on the power play over the last 11 games.

*The Sharks are 1-21 (4.8 percent) on the power play over the last seven games.

*San Jose ranks second in the league in faceoffs at 53.2 percent.

*The Stars rank eighth in faceoffs at 51.5 percent.

*The Stars are 12-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*San Jose is 10-5-2 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is on a six-game points streak (three goals, seven assists).

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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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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