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Stars-Sharks Preview

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars

Tuesday April 3, 7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (42-32-5) fell to ninth place in the West with Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Sharks in San Jose. The Stars went 1-3-0 on their four-game road trip and have lost six of their last nine games (3-6-0). They trail the eighth place Sharks by one point with three games left in the regular season.

“We played them at the end of a back-to-back on the road. It was a tough one,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “You drop that one, obviously, as quickly as you can. We would have liked to get some points, but we didn’t. Once again, we control our own fate. On a home-and-home against San Jose – if you looked at the start of the season – you’ve got to win one of those, and it has to be Tuesday.”

After Tuesday’s game, the Stars play at Nashville Thursday and then host St. Louis on Saturday.

Left wing Eric Nystrom, who has missed the last three games with a leg laceration, practiced Monday and should be ready to play Tuesday. Radek Dvorak, who has missed the last four games with a sore ankle, skated Monday but did not practice. He’ll be a game day decision.

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Eric Nystrom (leg) is probable. RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) is questionable.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (40-29-10) snapped a two-game losing streak with their 3-0 win over the Stars and moved back into the top eight, where they have not spent much time recently.

"I'm going to tell you the same thing as I told you when we lost in Phoenix – time to move on,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after the victory. “People wonder what the hell he is he talking about, but you put the losses behind you, you put the wins behind you, and you get ready to go back to work. You can’t get too high, you can’t get too low. There are six points out there that are really important.”

After Tuesday’s game in Dallas the Sharks have a home-and-home with Los Angeles, playing at LA on Thursday then hosting the Kings on the Saturday.

Sharks defenseman Doug Murray, who has missed the last two games with a lower body injury, practiced Monday but is questionable for Tuesday’s game.

Antti Niemi is expected to start in goal for the Sharks.

Injuries: D Douglas Murray (lower body) is questionable.

Series notes

*This the sixth and final between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 1-4-0 in the season series.

*The Sharks are 4-0-1 in the series.

*November 19, at Dallas: Sharks 4, Stars 1

*December 8, at San Jose: Sharks 5, Stars 2

*February 2, at San Jose: Sharks 5, Stars 2

*March 8, at Dallas: Stars 4, Sharks 3 (SO)

*March 31, at San Jose: Sharks 3, Stars 0

Statistical tidbits

*The Sharks have lost three straight on the road, are 1-6-2 in their last nine away from home and are 4-13-4 in their last 21 road games.

*The Stars are 2-2-0 in their last four at home and 6-2-1 over their last nine games at home.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their last eleven games.

*The Sharks have allowed three goals or more in 14 of their last 17 road games. The Sharks have allowed an average of 3.59 goals per game during those 17 road games.

*Over their nine road games the Sharks have scored 16 goals (1.78 per game).

*The Stars are 1-19 (5.3%) on the power play over the last six games.

*The Stars have allowed five power play goals over the last four games and are 14-19 (73.7%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.