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
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)
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)
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
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
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.
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.
Sharks: Scott Hannan (neck) is out.
Stars: Kari Lehtonen is doubtful (groin). Lane MacDermid is out (upper body).
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.
“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