Stars at Sharks
3 p.m. Saturday, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
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Records: Stars 44-22-9, 97 points; Sharks 41-27-6, 88
About the Stars: Having clinched a playoff berth Tuesday, Dallas was flat Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes that snapped a three-game winning streak. … The Stars, the league’s highest-scoring team with 3.2 goals a game, had not scored fewer than two goals in a game since a Feb. 16. … Despite Thursday’s loss, Dallas is tied for first in the Western Conference with the St. Louis Blues, who defeated Vancouver 4-0 Friday night. … The Stars have seven games remaining in the regular season as they wrap up a three-game road trip Saturday. … Dallas is without forward Tyler Seguin for the rest of the regular season with a cut Achilles, and they could use an offensive lift from forward Patrick Sharp, who has only one goal in the past 28 games. … Former Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made 26 saves in the Stars’ 5-3 victory in the first meeting against San Jose on Oct. 31, but Kari Lehtonen has started the past five games for the Stars.
About the Sharks: San Jose has been on the verge of clinching a playoff berth all week, but back-to-back losses have kept the club on the outside looking in. They fell 1-0 to the Blues on Tuesday and 6-3 to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday after giving up four goals in the second period. … The Sharks, however, have been good against the Stars at home, winning eight of the past 10 at the SAP Center, including a 4-3 victory Jan. 16 on Tomas Hertl’s overtime goal. … The Sharks are third in the league in goals per game (2.9) and power-play percentage (22.6). They are giving up 2.6 goals a game. … The Sharks are led by center Joe Thornton with 72 points, including 55 assists and 17 goals, and center Joe Pavelski has 70 points on 35 goals and 35 assists.