Dallas Stars (42-32-5, 89 points – 9th, Western Conference)
at San Jose Sharks (40-29-10, 90 points – 8th, Western Conference)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center
BROADCAST INFO: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS:
This Season: 1-4-0
11/19/11 – vs. San Jose, 1-4 L
12/8/11 – @ San Jose, 2-5 L
2/2/12, @ San Jose, 2-5 L
3/8/12, vs. San Jose, 4-3 W (SO)
3/31/12, @ San Jose, 0-3 L4/3/12, vs. San JoseFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks conclude their season series on Tuesday night. It is the second game of a critical home-and-home series. Dallas lost the previous game against the Sharks by a final score of 3-0.
With three games remaining, Dallas controls their playoff destiny. A win in each of their three games guarantees that the team will clinch a playoff berth. They play San Jose (Tuesday), Nashville (Thursday) and St. Louis (Saturday).
The Dallas Stars are the only team in the NHL that have at least four players with 60-or-more points for the season. Jamie Benn
(62 points), Loui Eriksson
(70 points), Mike Ribeiro
(62 points) and Michael Ryder
(62 points) have each earned over 60 points this season.
4. Michael Ryder
has a career-high 35 goals for the season with 18 of them occurring since the All-Star Break. Ryder joins Loui Eriksson
, Brett Hull, Mike Modano, and Joe Nieuwendyk as the only Dallas Stars to earn 35-or-more goals in a single season. He is one goal shy of tying Russ Courtnall for the franchise record for most goals by a first-year Star (36 goals in 1992).
The home-and-home against San Jose will be the fourth of the regular season for the Stars and the third overall against the Sharks in Dallas Stars history. The Stars have a 2-3-0 record in the previous two home-and-homes against the Sharks with both victories coming at San Jose.