Sharks-Stars at a glance

Sharks-Stars at a glance
February 23, 2013, 11:30 am
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Programming note 
Sharks-Stars coverage gets underway today at 5 p.m. only Comcast SportsNet California

Where they stand
Sharks: 8-5-3, 19 points, 2nd Pacific Division, 6th Western Conference
Stars: 8-8-1, 17 points, 4th Pacific Division, 9th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.38 (23rd)
Goals-against per game: 2.12 (5th)
Power play: 18.0 percent (14th)
Penalty kill: 87.5 percent (5th)

Stars
Goals per game: 2.53 (20th)
Goals-against per game: 2.76 (17th)
Power play: 15.0 percent (21st)
Penalty kill: 83.1 percent (11th)

Probable lines

Sharks

Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe – Logan Couture – Marty Havlat
Tim Kennedy – Michal Handzus – Tommy Wingels
TJ Galiardi – Adam Burish – Andrew Desjardins

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Dan Boyle
Brad Stuart – Brent Burns
Douglas Murray – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Stars

Brenden Morrow – Jamie Benn – Jaromir Jagr
Reilly Smith – Derek Roy – Loui Eriksson
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Michael Ryder
Eric Nystrom – Vern Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt

Stephane Robidas – Brenden Dillon
Alex Goligoski – Aaron Rome
Phillip Larsen – Jordie Benn

Richard Bachman
Cristopher Nilstorp

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Brent Burns. The Sharks defenseman misplayed Brandon Saad’s game-winning, shorthanded goal in the third period in Chicago on Friday, and struggled for much of the game. Burns has played just five games after missing the start of the season due to injury, and his play has been inconsistent since he returned to the lineup. He’s still looking for his first point, too.

Stars: Jaromir Jagr. The 41-year-old future Hall-of-Famer is playing on the Stars’ top line, and is tied for the team lead with 11 points (4g, 7a). Jagr came to the Stars as a free agent over the summer, and is proving he still has some gas left in the tank after a good season last year in Philadelphia.

Last game

Sharks: Patrick Marleau scored in the first period, but the Sharks couldn’t maintain the early lead in losing 2-1 in Chicago. San Jose fell to just 1-3-1 on its six-game road swing, which ends tonight. The Sharks have lost seven of their last eight games (1-5-3) after starting the season 7-0-0.

Stars: Dallas lost to Vancouver on Thursday night, 4-3. Jamie Benn, Michael Ryder and Brenden Morrow scored in a losing effort, and Cristopher Nilstorp made just 16 saves on 19 Vancouver shots to take the loss in net.

Injuries

Sharks: James Sheppard (lower body) is out.

Stars: Ray Whitney (broken foot) and Kari Lehtonen (lower body) are out. Trevor Daley (pinched nerve in neck) is doubtful.

Season series

This is the first of four meetings between the Sharks and Stars. Dallas visits HP Pavilion on April 7 and April 23. The Sharks return to Dallas on April 13.

The Sharks were 5-0-1 against Dallas last season. Dallas hasn’t beaten the Sharks at home since March 31, 2010.

Quoteable

“It’s frustrating. You want to score so badly, and when they don’t go in, it’s tough.” – Logan Couture, after the Sharks’ 2-1 loss in Chicago on Friday night