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Preview: Stars at Sharks

Goalie Aaron Dell will start for San Jose; defenseman Greg Pateryn in lineup for Dallas

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (27-30-10) at SHARKS (40-20-7)

10 p.m. ET; FS-SW, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 

Stars team scope

Defenseman Greg Pateryn will play his second game for the Dallas Stars since he was traded from the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 27, along with a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, for defenseman Jordie Benn. Pateryn had an assist in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on March 2. "Just being a little more comfortable around the guys and knowing where guys are going to be and being able to watch a few more games, I think it helps," Pateryn said. Pateryn will skate on the third pair with Jamie Oleksiak and replace Patrik Nemeth in the lineup. "It will be another good look at him," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We're going to use all seven [defensemen]. He needs an opportunity to play." Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice after the morning skate and could start. Lehtonen was pulled after allowing three goals on 18 shots in 23:21 of a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. Former San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi took over and gave up two goals on five shots in 35:25. Lehtonen is 5-8-3 with a 3.40 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 16 appearances against San Jose. 

 

Sharks team scope

Backup goaltender Aaron Dell will make his 13th start of the season for the Sharks, who will play the second of back-to-back games following a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Dell is 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA and .935 save percentage and is 5-1-0 when starting the second game of back to backs, and the Sharks are 8-3-1 in those situations. "I think a lot of that is the urgency we feel to perform in the back to backs," Dell said. "The second ones are usually the harder games, everyone's a little bit more tired. So I think our attention to detail is a little bit better in those games because it has to be when you're tired." In his previous start, Dell allowed two goals on 33 shots in a 3-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets, one day after the Sharks lost 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild. "I think he's been consistent all year," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think he's more comfortable. Now he's got more than just a couple starts under his belt and he's won some games." Forward Melker Karlsson will miss the game with what DeBoer called a minor lower-body injury he sustained against Nashville, and rookie Marcus Sorensen will replace him. Sorensen has one goal and one assist in six NHL games.

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Jason Spezza -- Tyler Seguin

Remi Elie -- Cody Eakin -- Ales Hemsky

Devin Shore -- Radek Faksa -- Patrick Sharp

Curtis McKenzie -- Adam Cracknell -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns

Jamie Oleksiak -- Greg Pateryn

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Patrik Nemeth, Jiri Hudler

Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Antoine Roussel (hand)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Jannik Hansen -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Joonas Donskoi -- Tomas Hertl -- Joel Ward

Micheal Haley -- Chris Tierney -- Marcus Sorensen

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tim Heed, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: David Schlemko (lower body), Melker Karlsson (lower body)

 

Status report

Elie moved from the second to the first line, trading places with Benn during the loss to Ottawa, and there's a chance the Stars could begin the game that way. ... Ward likely will move from the fourth line to the third and take Karlsson's spot. ... Schlemko will miss his fifth straight game. DeBoer said Schlemko has been out a little longer than anticipated, but said his return is "right on the horizon."

 

Who's hot

Spezza has a five-game point streak (four goals, three assists). ... Seguin has a four-game point streak (one goal, five assists). ... Thornton has a three-game point steak (one goal, three assists). ... Pavelski has three goals in his past three games.

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