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Stars Gameday: Dallas squares off against Sharks in second game of back-to-back Saturday

Sharks’ Joe Pavelski, left, and Joe Thornton will take on the Dallas Stars at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the Stars play the second game of a three-game West Coast swing.
Sharks’ Joe Pavelski, left, and Joe Thornton will take on the Dallas Stars at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the Stars play the second game of a three-game West Coast swing. AP

Stars at Sharks

9:30 p.m. Saturday, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.

TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM

Records: Entering Friday, Stars 29-11-4, 62 points; Sharks 22-18-2, 46 pts.

About the Stars: Dallas is playing the second game of a back-to-back after taking on the Anaheim Ducks late Friday night. Kari Lehtonen started in goal Friday, making it likely that Antti Niemi will start Saturday. Niemi is 16-8 with a 2.41 goals-against average. … The Stars entered Friday 6-1-2 against the Pacific Division.

About the Sharks: San Jose is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout Thursday. The Sharks have won four straight and are tied with Vancouver for third place in the Pacific Division. … They are 7-12 at the SAP Center this season and 2-6-1 against the Central Division. … Center Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks with 22 goals and 43 points. He has five points in the past four games, including two goals and two multipoint games.

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