The Sharks need Antti Niemi, making his 20th straight start in goal Thursday in L.A., to step up in a crucial matchup with the rival Kings.More: Can adversity = success Clinch scenarios
Todd McLellan: "It hasnt been a dream season, but sometimes those seasons, if you get in, you can make them work in your favor.
Douglas Murray is healthy enough to participate in Sharks' practices, but Colin White's strong defensive play his keeping him off the ice. More: Conference standings Playoff scenarios
The Sharks and Kings end their regular seasons against one another with a home-and-home series and L.A. defenseman Drew Doughty said he was excited for the opportunity to keep San Jose out of the postseason.
While absolutely not a lock, the Sharks took a huge step forward in securing a playoff spot after last night's win in Dallas. Insider Kevin Kurz breaks down the difference-makers including the late-season acquisitions.
The Sharks entered the day one point ahead of the Stars for the 8th and final playoff spot in the West, but are now three points up following a huge 5-2 win over their division rival on the road.
The Los Angeles Kings could be without their top late-season acquisition, Jeff Carter, when they play the Sharks in a home-and-home to close out the regular season.
Despite tornadoes ripping through the Dallas area on Tuesday, and a warning in effect until 4:00 p.m. local time, the Sharks-Stars game at American Airlines Center is still scheduled to begin on time.
Marty Havlat is back in the Sharks' lineup, but admits that his stamina is not where it needs to be yet. Meanwhile, Logan Couture told Insider Kevin Kurz that he has no health issues, despite a 10-game goal drought.
Win in Dallas, and the Sharks will be sitting pretty in terms of locking down a playoff spot. Lose to the Stars, and San Jose becomes a real long shot to make it to the postseason.
The Sharks have won just once in their last 10 tries on the road, including a recent pair of ugly losses in Anaheim and Phoenix last week, in which they scored one goal total.
San Joses lack of success away from HP Pavilion may be the biggest single reason it finds itself on the playoff bubble, rather than comfortably leading the Pacific Division with a week to play.
Joe Pavelski became the ninth player in Sharks history to record at least 30 goals in a season, but the praise he received was unconventional.More: Pavelski postgame Thornton postgame NHL Standings
Joe Pavelski scored two goals as San Jose re-entered the playoff picture, ousting Dallas from the 8th spot with a 3-0 win. Three games remain.More: NHL standings Goal highlights