Sharks-Stars at a glance

Sharks-Stars at a glance
April 13, 2013, 8:45 am
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Programming note 
Sharks-Stars coverage gets underway today at 4:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only Comcast SportsNet California

Where they stand
Sharks: 21-12-7, 49 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Stars: 20-17-3, 43 points, 4th Pacific Division, 9th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.35 (26th)
Goals-against per game: 2.40 (7th)
Power play: 18.7 percent (13th)
Penalty kill: 86.5 percent (4th)

Stars
Goals per game: 2.80 (10th)
Goals-against per game: 2.98 (23rd)
Power play: 17.4 percent (19th)
Penalty kill: 81.6 percent (16th)

Probable lines

Sharks

TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Raffi Torres - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
Andrew Desjardins - Scott Gomez - Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Stars
Ray Whitney – Jamie Benn – Alex Chiasson
Matt Fraser – Cody Eakin – Loui Eriksson
Eric Nystrom – Vern Fiddler – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Tom Wandell – Ryan Garbutt

Trevor Daley – Stephane Robidas
Brenden Dillon – Alex Goligoski
Aaron Rome – Philip Larsen

Richard Bachman
Cristopher Nilstorp

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Patrick Marleau. The Sharks center scored a much-needed goal – for the team, and himself – with a shorthanded marker against Detroit. It was just his second goal in the last 12 games, and he still leads the Sharks with 17. Still, Marleau will have to pick up the pace offensively if the Sharks plan on making a push for home ice advantage in the first round.

Stars: Ray Whitney. The wily veteran and former Shark has three goals in his last two games, and six points in his last three, while playing on star center Jamie Benn’s wing. Whitney, 40, is still nearly a point-per-game player with 22 points (10g, 12a) in 24 games. He has 32 points (12g, 20a) in 34 career games against the Sharks.

Last game

Sharks: Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau each scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the Sharks to a 3-2 win over Detroit on Thursday. Couture’s third period power play goal tied the game after Marleau’s shorthanded marker had give San Jose an early lead. Antti Niemi made 27 saves to record his 20th win.

Stars: Dallas picked up its fourth straight win, beating the Predators in Nashville last night, 5-2. Alex Chiasson led the way with two goals, while Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist. Richard Bachman made 26 saves as starter Kari Lehtonen was unavailable due to a groin injury.

Injuries

Sharks: Scott Hannan (neck) is out.

Stars: Kari Lehtonen is doubtful (groin). Lane MacDermid is out (upper body).

Season series

Dallas has taken the first two games of the season series, 3-1 on Feb. 23 at American Airlines Center and 5-4 in a shootout at HP Pavilion last Sunday.

Jamie Benn leads all scorers with four points (1g, 3a) in the season series, while Alex Goligoski has three assists. Raffi Torres and Justin Braun have two assists each for San Jose.

The teams meet for the fourth and final time on April 23 at HP Pavilion.

Quoteable

“Our road game’s been lacking a little bit. Especially coming off a bad game in Columbus, you wanted to come out with a strong performance. We came out strong in the first period and showed a lot of resilience when they got the lead in the third period, and we came back.” – Patrick Marleau, after the Sharks’ 3-2 shootout win in Detroit on Thursday