Stars-Sharks Preview

November, 18, 2010
11/18/10
12:37
AM CT
San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars
Thursday November 18
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (9-7-0) opened a three-game homestand with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim at American Airlines Center Tuesday night. It snapped a three-game losing streak and extended the team’s winning streak at home to four games.

“This was very important,” said center Brad Richards, who scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the Stars’ first goal. “That was three in a row. It’s tough in this league, you start losing like that on the road like that, it’s tough. But we stuck together, got home and got our feet under us and that’s kind of what we did. As quick as you lose ground, you can make it back up with a few wins and that’s our goal on this homestand.”

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 26 of 27 shots on Tuesday, will start in goal for the Stars on the Thursday.

Injuries: No major injuries.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (9-5-3) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at Colorado Wednesday night. The Sharks, who had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, gave up two goals in the final period and then Kevin Porter scored 2:07 into overtime to give the Avalanche the victory.

"I was happy with our guys, believe it or not," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "We lost the game and that's the real disappointing thing. But for the most part I thought we played a real solid game. They scored a couple goals at fortunate times for them."

The Sharks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, are now winless in their last four games on the road (0-3-1).

Injuries: D Douglas Murray (lower body) and D Niclas Wallin (undisclosed) are day-to-day.

Series Notes
  • This is first of six meetings between the Stars and Sharks this season.
  • The Stars were 4-2-0 against the Sharks last season.
  • The Sharks were 2-2-2 against the Stars last season.
Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars have allowed just 6 goals in their last four home games while scoring 17.
  • San Jose had been shutout in its previous three road games before scoring 42 seconds into Wednesday’s game in Denver.
  • The Stars are 9-34 (26.5 percent) on the power play in their last six home games.
  • San Jose is 0-15 on the power play in its last four road games.
  • The Stars are 16-18 (88.9%) on the penalty kill in their last four home games.
  • Brad Richards has four goals in the Stars’ last three home games.
  • Steve Ott has 3 goals in the Stars’ last four home 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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