Stars at Sharks
9:30 p.m. Saturday, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
TV: KTXA/21 Radio: KTCK/1310 AM, 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 17-12-5, 39 points; Sharks 21-8-6, 48 pts.
About the Stars: Dallas heads back on the road after two big wins at home against Colorado, 3-2 on Tuesday, and a 4-1 win Thursday over Vancouver. … The Stars pulled within six points of the Minnesota Wild in the Central Division and won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 13-17 when they won three in a row. … Colton Sceviour has scored three goals in four games since being recalled from the AHL. … The Stars are 8-0-0 when captain Jamie Benn scores. He has three goals in four games after going 11 games without a goal. … Stars center Vernon Fiddler, who has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury, went through a full practice Friday, and could return to the lineup against San Jose. Forward Ryan Garbutt is questionable. He took a puck in the foot/ankle area Dec. 3 at Chicago. … Defenseman Aaron Rome has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to the lower-body injury he suffered on Dec. 16. … The Stars are 7-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
About the Sharks: San Jose is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and slipped to 2-5-1 in its past eight games. … The Sharks lost forward Tomas Hertl on Thursday night after the rookie was involved in a knee-to-knee hit with the Kings’ Dustin Brown. Hertl leads all rookies in goals (15) and points (25). San Jose recalled forward Matt Nieto from San Francisco of the ECHL on Friday. … Joe Thornton leads the Sharks with 36 points, including 31 assists. Patrick Marleau has 35 points, with a team-high 16 goals and 19 assists.
— From online reports