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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Saturday, March 26

3:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (44-22-9) had a three-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss at Arizona Thursday night. The Stars were shorthanded six times in the game and had a hard time cracking Arizona goaltender Louis Domingue, who made 37 saves.

“We had a few too many penalties on our part. We generated a few shots on goal, but didn’t have enough traffic in front,” said Stars forward Patrick Sharp. “I think we can do a better job of taking his eyes away and looking for those second chance rebounds.”

The regulation loss was just the second in the past ten games for the Stars (6-2-2).

Defenseman Kris Russell missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. He is questionable for Saturday.

“He is a possibility, but again it will come down to my decision whether I want to play him or not,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Friday. “We’ll see where he is after practice today, and he hasn’t practiced for a few days.”

Saturday’s game concludes a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: D Kris Russell (lower body) is questionable. C Tyler Seguin (Achilles) and D Jason Demers (shoulder) are out.

The Sharks (41-27-6) lost their second straight game, falling 6-3 to Edmonton in San Jose on Thursday. The Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but couldn’t hold it and missed out on a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a victory.

"Disappointing, considering our first period," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told "Unfortunately, you can't play 20 minutes in this league and expect to win. For whatever reason, from that point on we stopped playing. To their credit, we knew they would push back. We didn't respond. It's a disappointing last 40 minutes. They were more desperate over the last 40 minutes. We weren't good."

Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. He is questionable for Saturday.

Saturday’s game is the fifth of a six-game homestand for the Sharks.

Injuries: F Joonas Donskoi (lower body) is questionable. D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body), F Matt Nieto (hand) and Matt Tennyson (head) are out.

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Sharks this season.

*The Stars are 1-0-1 in the season series.

*The Sharks are 1-1-0.

*Oct. 31, at Dallas: Stars 5, Sharks 3

*Jan. 16, at San Jose: Sharks 4, Stars 3 (OT)

*The Stars are 8-6-3 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Sharks are 8-8-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 13-8-4 since the All-Star break.

*The Sharks are 15-9-2 since the break.

*The Stars lead the league in goal scoring (3.21 per game).

*The Sharks rank third in goal scoring (2.89 per game).

*The Stars are 28-29 (96.6 percent) on the penalty kill in the past ten games.

*The Sharks are 8-29 (27.6 percent) on the power play in the past nine games.

*Jamie Benn leads the Stars in goals (36) and points (82).

*Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks in goals (35) and Joe Thornton leads the Sharks in points (72)

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 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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