Stars-Sharks Preview

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Sunday April 7
3:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (17-17-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Anaheim Friday night. Lane MacDermid, Eric Nystrom and Alex Chiasson scored goals for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots.

“It will get the morale up a little bit,” said defenseman Alex Goligoski. “We came out tonight and we battled hard, we made some mistakes but they didn’t end up in the back of our net. Kari was there. We’ve just got to keep taking steps forward here.”

Sunday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip for the Stars, who are 1-1-0 in the first two games.

The Stars enter Sunday’s game in 13th place in the Western Conference, five points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Injuries:  LW Lane MacDermid (upper body) is questionable.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (20-11-6) ran their winning streak to seven games with a 2-1 win over Calgary in San Jose Friday night. Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski scored third period goals as the Sharks overcame a 1-0 deficit after two periods.

“It moves us up,” forward Logan Couture said. “The goal is to get to the playoffs and we have to keep winning to get there. We knew this homestand would be really crucial for us this year. We’ve done a good job of it so far. We have one more before we head to the road and it’s a division game so we look forward to that.”

The Sharks improved to 6-0-0 on their current homestand, which concludes with Sunday’s game against Dallas.

Injuries: D Jason Demers (head) is day-to-day. D Scott Hannan (upper body) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of four meetings between the Stars and Sharks.

*February 23, San Jose at Dallas: Stars 3, Sharks 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Sharks have outscored their opposition 22-10 during their seven-game winning streak, excluding goals awarded for shootout victories.

*The Sharks are 8-9 (88.9%) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.

*The Stars are 13-14 ((92.9) on the penalty kill in their last seven road games.

*Stars forward Lane MacDermid, acquired from Boston on Tuesday in the Jaromir Jagr deal, has scored a goal in each of his first two games for Dallas.

*Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has five goals over the last seven games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Sharks
Record 17-17-3 20-11-6
Home 8-9-2 14-1-4
Away 9-8-1 6-10-2
Last 5 2-3-0 5-0-0
Last 10 5-5-0 8-2-0
Streak Won 1 Won 7
Goals/game 2.65 (15th) 2.38 (25th)
Goals against/game 3.03 (25th) 2.32 (5th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.92 (21st) 0.97 (18th)
Power play 17.9 (16th) 19.0 (12th)
Penalty kill 81.6 (17th) 86.3 (4th)
Shots/game 26.7 (27th) 31.4 (4th)
Shots against/game 30.7 (22nd) 28.8 (14th)
Faceoffs 48.0 (23rd) 53.4 (2nd)
Team Leaders Stars Sharks
Goals Eriksson: 9 Marleau: 16
Assists: Goligoski: 19 Thornton: 28
Points: Benn: 25 Thornton: 35
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 13-11-2, 2.65, .917
Bachman: 3-3-0, 4.23, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Niemi: 19-8-5, 2.09, .926
Greiss: 1-3-0, 2.78, .906
Stalock:: 0-0-1, 2.86, .846

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