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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars


Saturday November 8, 2014
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-5-4) are coming off a 3-2 loss to Nashville Thursday at American Airline Center. The loss pushed the Stars winless streak to six games.

“We played better but got the same result. I thought the guys we were counting on had seven or eight good opportunities to make a difference,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “When you garner the chances in play it is a step in the right direction. … We didn’t win, and no one’s happy with what’s been going on, but I guarantee you if you keep progressing along those lines, you’ll win.”

Center Cody Eakin (upper body) missed Thursday’s game and did not practice Friday. He is doubtful for Saturday. Forward Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) left Friday’s practice early. He is questionable.

Saturday’s game is the third of a three-game homestand for the Stars, who are 0-2-0 in the first two games and 1-2-4 overall at home this season.

Injuries: C Cody Eakin (upper body) is doubtful. RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) is questionable. D Patrik Nemeth (arm) is out.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (7-5-2) are coming off a 3-2 loss to Vancouver Thursday. The Sharks had a 36-19 advantage in shots, but Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller was superb in net. The loss snapped a four-game points streak for the Sharks.

“If you want to look at it analytically, the possession numbers and shots were in our favor. But that doesn’t put points in the bank,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. “At the end of the night, they got three (goals) … we got two.”

San Jose’s Joe Thornton appeared to tie the game in the final second of regulation, but a video review showed the puck crossed the goal line after time expired.

Saturday’s game kicks off a seven-game road trip for the Sharks, who have already played nine of their first 14 games away from home.

Injuries: F Mike Brown (hand) and F Raffi Torres (knee) are out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars were 1-0-2 (4 points) vs. San Jose last season.

*The Sharks were 2-0-1 (5 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 59-42-13 all-time vs. San Jose.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-2-4 at home.

*The Sharks are 5-2-2 on the road.

*The Stars are 1-4-3 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Sharks are 4-1-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 0-15 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Sharks are 5-16 on the power play over the last five games.

*Dallas’ Trevor Daley is tied for the lead among NHL defensemen with 5 goals and is tied for fifth in points with 10.

*San Jose’s Brent Burns ranks third among defensemen in scoring with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists).

*Tyler Seguin leads Dallas in goals (7) and points (16).

*Logan Couture leads San Jose with 7 goals.

*Couture, Burns and Patrick Marleau co-lead the Sharks with 13 points each.

This story was not subject to the 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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