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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Sunday, March 12
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-30-10) lost 5-2 to Ottawa Wednesday at American Airlines Center. The loss kept the Stars from a third straight win, something they've been able to achieve only once this season.

"We haven't been able to go on a streak, and that's why we are where we are," said Stars center Jason Spezza. You have to ride the wave when you're winning games and string five or six games together to make up ground in the standings. We haven't been able to do that, and that was something we were able to do last year, and it's been incredibly frustrating."

The Stars are 5-3-0 in their past eight games.

Forward Ales Hemsky, who missed Friday's practice, was back on the ice for practice Saturday morning.

Sunday's game kicks off a four-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Antoine Roussel (hand) is out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (40-20-7) lost 3-1 to Nashville in San Jose Saturday afternoon. San Jose scored first, but the Predators scored the next three, including a late empty-net goal to seal the victory.

"We're disappointed we didn't win because we had the chances," said Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. "There were a few breakdowns in the second where we got caught trading chances a little bit, but with the looks we had you don't know how you don't get more than one [goal]."

The loss was just the second in regulation in the past 12 games for the Sharks (7-2-3).

Sunday's game is the third of a six-game homestand for the Sharks.

Injuries: D David Schlemko (lower body) is day to day.

Season Series

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Sharks this season.

*The Stars and Sharks will play three times in a span of 13 days.

*The Stars were 2-0-1 against San Jose last season.

*The Stars have points in their past five games in San Jose (2-0-3).

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 9-18-4 on the road.

*The Sharks are 21-8-4 at home.

The Stars are 17-17-6 vs. the Western Conference including 9-3-2 against the Pacific Division.

*The Sharks are 21-13-3 vs. the Western Conference including 8-6-0 against the Central Division.

*The Sharks have allowed two goals or fewer in nine of their past 12 games.

*The Stars have scored three or more goals in eight of their past 12 games.

*The Stars rank 11th in goal scoring at 2.81 per game.

*The Sharks rank third in goals against at 2.33 per game.

*The Sharks rank 15th in goal scoring at 2.73 per game.

*The Stars rank 28th in goals against at 3.21 per game.

*Stars center Jason Spezza has points in five straight games (four goals, three assists).

*Sharks forward Logan Couture has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past seven games. 

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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