Sunday, December 12, 2010
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Monday December 13
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
About the Stars
The Stars (17-10-2) are coming off a 5-2 loss at Phoenix Saturday. The Stars fell behind 3-0 in the first period of the game.
“We knew they were going to come out hard. Their coach made it clear that this was their biggest game of the year,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “We thought we were going to be ready for it but obviously they were the better team out there tonight.”
Saturday’s loss ran the Stars’ winless streak on the road to three games (0-2-1).
Andrew Raycroft is expected to start in goal Monday.
Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (back), F Toby Petersen (hand) and F Krys Barch (foot/ankle) are out.
About the Sharks
San Jose (15-10-4) defeated Chicago 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. Ryane Clowe scored both San Jose goals, including the game-winner 3:52 into overtime. It was San Jose’s first win in four-on-four overtime, where they are now 1-4 this season.
“We needed a win, never mind when we got it,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “But the fact that we did win it in overtime, four-on-four - we looked a little sharper in that situation than we have in the past.”
The Sharks have won three of their last four games (3-1-0).
Injuries: F Devin Setoguchi (upper body) and D Kent Huskins (upper body) are questionable.
- This is the second of six meetings between the two teams.
- The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series and Sharks are 0-0-1
- Thursday November 18 |at Dallas | Dallas 5, San Jose 4 (OT)
- The Stars are 1-5-1 on the road against Western Conference teams this season.
- The Stars are 3-49 (6.1%) on the power play on the road this season.
- San Jose has not allowed a power play goal in five of the last 6 games and is 12-14 on the PK during that stretch.
- San Jose is 7-28 (25.0%) on the power play over their last seven home games.
- The Stars have allowed one power play goal in each of their last three road games, but they are 30-34 (88.2%) on the PK over their last 11 games overall.
- Stars forward James Neal has points in seven straight games (5 goals, 4 assists) and goals in each of the last three games.
- Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has points in six of the last seven games (4 goals, 7 assists).