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
Its a good old fashioned battle between four hockey teams. Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan isn't giving his team an edge, despite the fact they were in a similar situation last year.
In their brief two-game road trip to Anaheim and Phoenix, the Sharks and their opponents combined for just three power play opportunities.More: What to watch for Todd McLellan pregame
The Sharks are 3-0-1 against Dallas this season, and will need to improve upon that record tonight if they want to make it into the postseason.
The Canucks picked up the Sharks in a big way last night with a 5-2 win over Dallas. It will be up to the Sharks to do themselves a favor when they host the Stars tonight at HP Pavilion.
There's no denying the Sharks are not the team they were the past two years. Insider Kevin Kurz has five reasons why they find themselves fighting for the eighth playoff spot.
After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes got a goal each in the second and third, while the Sharks couldn't get any of their 37 shots on goal past Mike Smith to fall out of eighth place in the Western Conference.
The Sharks have reached the point where every game is "the most important game of the season." Tonight, it certainly applies.More: Murray out NHL standings Sharks video
Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray suffered a lower-body injury against Anaheim and will not play Thursday against Phoenix. Colin White will take his place.