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Stars-Sharks Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks


Monday April 6
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (38-31-10) stayed mathematically alive in the playoff race with a 4-3 overtime win at Nashville Saturday. Cody Eakin scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot with 56 seconds left in the extra period and Jhonas Enroth stopped 33 of 36 shots.

"We're still alive,” Eakin said. "We're just continuing one game at a time, one period at a time. Just give it everything we've got and see what happens in the end.”

The Stars enter Monday’s game six points out of the final playoff spot with just three games remaining. Eighth-place Los Angeles and ninth-place Winnipeg – both six points ahead of Dallas – have four games left.

“We’re fighting for our lives here,” Stars forward Travis Moen said. “We’ve got to come out with another full, strong three games.”

Defenseman Jason Demers will play his first game in San Jose since being traded to Dallas for Brenden Dillon in November.

Monday’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for Dallas.

Injuries: None.

About the Sharks

The Sharks (39-31-9) saw their playoff hopes take a big hit with a 5-3 loss at Arizona Saturday night. The Sharks outshot the Coyotes 45-36 and had an 86-68 advantage in attempted shots, but the Coyotes scored on two of four power play chances.

“It's not what we didn't get; it's what we gave up,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. “When you give up four [goals] to any team in the league, you're not going to win. Throw the empty-netter away, but it's just too much to ask to score five on any given night. Our penalty kill let us down, and a couple of breakdowns in our zone up against a hot goaltender … and that's the difference.”

The loss left the Sharks five points out of the final playoff spot with three games remaining.

“We've got six points available to us,” McLellan said. “So we're going to go and try to get them all and see what happens from there.”

Monday is San Jose’s final home game of the season.

Injuries: D Scott Hannan (eye) is questionable. D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body) is doubtful. LW Raffi Torres (knee) and D Mirco Mueller (hand) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 0-2-0 in the season series.

*The Sharks are 2-0-0 in the series.

*Nov. 8, at Dallas: Sharks 5, Stars 3

*Feb. 19, at Dallas: Sharks 5, Stars 2

*The Stars are 1-5-2 in their past eight games in San Jose.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-1-0 in their past seven games on the road.

*The Sharks are 5-2-0 in their past seven games at home.

*The Stars are 12-6-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Sharks are 12-6-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars rank seventh in the NHL in faceoff percentage (58.14 percent).

*The Sharks rank eighth in faceoff percentage (58.11 percent).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in four straight games (four goals, three assists) and points in eight of his past nine (five goals, seven assists).

*Sharks forward Logan Couture has eight points (four goals, four assists) over the past six games.

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