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The Western Conference's best road team has picked a bad time to start losing away from home.

The San Jose Sharks look to avoid a third straight loss when they continue their season-high eight-game road trip with a matchup against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

San Jose (36-21-1) opened the trip with wins at Anaheim and St. Louis, but has been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since January 1999 after falling 5-0 to Nashville on Wednesday and 3-0 to Columbus on Friday - extending its scoreless streak to 148 minutes, 30 seconds.

The Sharks, 18-10-0 on the road, haven't lost three consecutive games away from home since last March.

"Some things aren't going well," coach Ron Wilson said. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We need to work our way out."

San Jose hopes to end the drought against a Dallas team that is putting pressure on the Sharks in the conference standings. The Stars (34-21-2) have won five of seven to pull within three points of San Jose for fifth place in the West.

Dallas, though, is coming off a 3-1 loss to Detroit on Wednesday that snapped its three-game win streak. The Stars took a 1-0 lead into the third period before the Red Wings finally figured out how to score against rookie Mike Smith, who lost for only the second time in nine home games as Dallas gave up three goals in the final 10 minutes.

"Smitty gave us a chance to win," coach Dave Tippett said. "But we didn't play with enough poise, and let their best players take the game over. When you keep giving the puck to them, it's going to come back to bite you. Games like these are hard lessons."

The Stars, closing out a five-game homestand Sunday, were 5-0-1 in their previous six contests at the American Airlines Center.

"You try to take the positives out of a game like this, but we've got to learn from our mistakes," said Mike Ribeiro, who scored the Stars' only goal. "We've got to put this one behind us and move on."

The Stars are 4-2-0 against the Sharks this season, including back-to-back victories in San Jose on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1. Ribeiro had a goal and two assists - all in the third period - and a game-winning shootout goal in those contests.

The Stars held San Jose's NHL-leading power play without a goal in 13 chances in the two games. San Jose, which converts 23.1 percent of its power-play opportunities, is just 2-for-27 (7.4 percent) against Dallas this season.

Dallas hopes to continue its hot streak against San Jose despite missing several key players. Already without Brenden Morrow (wrist) and Steve Ott (ankle), the Stars played without forwards Eric Lindros and Antti Miettinen on Wednesday due to lower-body injuries. Both are listed as day-to-day.

San Jose, meanwhile, could be without second-leading scorer Patrick Marleau, who was held out Friday with an upper-body injury. He is also listed as day-to-day.

These teams close out their season series on March 4 in Dallas.

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