Programming note: Sharks-Coyotes coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet Plus at 7 p.m. Channel listings.
Where they stand
Sharks: 21-13-7, 49 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Coyotes: 18-16-7, 43 points, 5th Pacific Division, 11th Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.32 (27th)
Goals-against per game: 2.39 (6th)
Power play: 19.1 percent (13th)
Penalty kill: 86.3 percent (4th)
Goals per game: 2.61 (15th)
Goals-against per game: 2.58 (16th)
Power play: 14.8 percent (25th)
Penalty kill: 82.9 percent (12th)
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
Raffi Torres - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins - Scott Gomez - Adam Burish
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers
Radim Vrbata – Martin Hanzal – Shane Doan
Chris Conner – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker
Rob Kilnkhammer – Boyd Gordon – David Moss
David Schlemko – Chris Brown – Kyle Chipchura
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle – Derek Morris
Michael Stone – Rostislav Klesla
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: TJ Galiardi. The forward impressed against Dallas playing on a line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, and was awarded on Burns’ power play goal by getting his shot through to the net. He had a game-high five shots on goal, and has registered a point in four of the last six games. He continues to emerge as a surprisingly vital piece in San Jose’s offensive attack.
Coyotes: Mike Smith. The Sharks have avoided seeing the impressive goaltender in two of the three games in the season series, but he recorded a shut out against the Sharks on Feb. 9 in a 1-0 shootout win. Smith shut out the Sharks three times last season, too, and has a 2.10 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in 11 career games against San Jose (6-3-1).
Sharks: Brent Burns scored a power play goal in the third period, but the Sharks were unable to overcome an early deficit in a 2-1 loss in Dallas on Saturday night. San Jose outshot the Stars 32-19, but lost for the second time in three games on its current road trip (1-2-0). Antti Niemi made 17 saves.
Coyotes: Last Friday in Phoenix, the Coyotes lost 3-2 in a shootout to Calgary. Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette scored for the Coyotes, while Mike Smith took the loss with 22 saves. Phoenix outshot the Flames, 31-25, but went 0-for-2 on the power play.
Coyotes: Lauri Kospikoski is questionable (upper body). Mike Smith (undisclosed) is out.
The Sharks are 2-0-1 against the Coyotes, with all three games at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks beat the Coyotes in their home opener on Jan. 24, 5-3, but lost at home in a shootout on Feb. 9, 1-0. On March 30, San Jose won 3-2 in a shootout. San Jose returns here on April 24 for the fifth and final matchup.
Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski each have five points in the season series, with one goal and four assists apiece.
The Sharks are 58-45-7-8 all-time against Phoenix/Winnipeg.
“We feel like we’re already in playoff mode. Every team. I don’t know about the Chicagos or Anaheims, but the rest of us feel like we’re in playoff mode already.” – Todd McLellan, after Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Dallas