Stars-Sharks Preview

March, 30, 2011
3/30/11
10:27
PM CT
Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Thursday March 31
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss at Phoenix Tuesday. The Stars outshot the Coyotes 45-27 in the game, but could get only one puck past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in regulation.

“We deserved a win tonight, but we didn’t get it,” coach Marc Crawford said. “I told the guys after the game that you have efforts like that you’re going to win 95-98 percent of your games. Their goalie was terrific tonight, and he was the difference for them. They needed every one of the saves he made.”

The Stars are winless in their last four games (0-1-3).

Kari Lehtonen is expected to make his 17th consecutive start for the Stars.

Injuries: D Karlis Skrastins (leg laceration) is day-to-day. D Nicklas Grossman (knee), F Adam Burish (leg) and F Brian Sutherby (back) are out.

About the Sharks

The Sharks last played Saturday, winning 4-1 at Phoenix. San Jose ran its points streak to six games (5-0-1). San Jose can clinch a playoff spot with a regulation win Thursday night.

“I think you always want to clinch, no question,” Sharks forward Dany Heatley told the team’s official site. “The position we’re in now, we want more, we want to keep playing well and get home ice for as much as we can in the playoffs.”

Injuries: D Kent Huskins (upper body) and C Scott Nichol (upper body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the sixth and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 3-1-1 in the season series and the Sharks are 2-1-2.

*Thursday November 18 | at Dallas | Dallas 5, San Jose 4 (OT)
*Monday December 13 | at San Jose | Dallas 3, San Jose 2 (SO)
*Thursday December 16 | at Dallas | San Jose 4, Dallas 3 (OT)
*Saturday March 5 |at San Jose | Dallas 3, San Jose 2
*Tuesday March 15 | at Dallas | San Jose 6, Dallas 3

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have won four of their last five games in San Jose (4-1-0).

*The Sharks have scored 27 goals in their six games (4.5 per game).

*The Stars are 5-15 (33.3%) on the power play against San Jose this season.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in three straight games and are 3-8 (37.5%) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Sharks are 10-31 (32.3%) on the power play over their last ten games.

*The Stars are 10-11 (90.9%) on the penalty kill over their last five games.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has points in 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) in his last 13 games.

*Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in the last seven games.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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