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GAME: San Jose Sharks (3-5-1) at Dallas Stars (5-3-0).

TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Bringing a struggling offense into a city where they have not won in nearly four years is not something the San Jose Sharks should look forward to.

The Sharks continue their six-game road trip as they meet the Dallas Stars.

San Jose is 0-5-1, has been outscored 20-6 and blanked twice since its last win in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2001.

The Sharks lost their fourth straight game Saturday night, 2-1 to the Nashville Predators. Jonathan Cheechoo scored for San Jose, which has managed just five goals during the losing streak.

Coach Ron Wilson said Monday his team needed to attack the net more.

"We have to drive to the net and use our speed," he said. "You have to commit to going and staying in front of the net. The only battle is to get to the position."

Perhaps a bigger concern for Wilson is goaltending. The Sharks will be without Evgeni Nabokov until at least the end of this week as he recovers from what the team calls an upper body injury suffered in a collision with a teammate Friday during a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That means Vesa Toskala likely will be in net looking for his first win of the season. Toskala, who made 28 saves in the loss to the Predators, has never faced the Stars in Dallas and is 1-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average against them.

Toskala will be backed up by Nolan Schaefer, who was recalled Sunday from Cleveland of the AHL.

While the Sharks have problems in net, Stars goaltender Marty Turco will try to extend his dominance over San Jose. Turco is 7-0-1 with two shutouts, a 1.24 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in nine games against the Sharks.

Turco is coming off a milestone win, making 29 saves to record his 100th career victory as Dallas defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday.

Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist in the win. He needs one goal for 100 in his career.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 24): Sharks - 7 points, 3rd place (tied), Pacific Division. Stars - 10 points, 2nd place, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Sharks - Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm, 4 goals; Marleau and Milan Michalek, 4 assists; Marleau, 8 points; Kyle McLaren, 16 PIM. Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 5 goals; Mike Modano, 6 assists and 8 points; Philippe Boucher, 27 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 24): Sharks - Power play: 12.7 percent (8 for 63), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.7 percent (42 for 52), 19th. Stars - Power play: 15.5 percent (38 for 45), 19th. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (45 for 54), 15th.

GOALTENDERS: Sharks - Toskala (0-3-0, 0 SO, 4.70 GAA); Schaefer (no appearances); Stars - Turco (4-3-0, 0, 3.23); Johan Hedberg (1-0-0, 0, 3.24).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Dallas, 3-1-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 28, 2004; Sharks, 2-1. At San Jose, Calif., Wayne Primeau scored 2:57 into overtime for the Sharks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Sharks - 1-5-1 on the road; Stars - 3-2-0 at home.

Associated Press
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