The San Jose Sharks are hoping a meeting with the Pacific Division-rival Dallas Stars on Saturday will help them snap out of their funk. San Jose fell to 1-5-3 since opening the season with seven straight victories when it dropped a record-setting 2-1 decision to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday. The win by Chicago extended its streak of games without a regulation loss to start a season to 17.
The Sharks, who are 1-3-1 on their six-game road trip, have earned at least one point in eight straight meetings (7-0-1) with the Stars. Dallas is looking to salvage the finale of its three-game homestand after falling 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. The Stars have lost three of their last four overall.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN California (San Jose), FSN Southwest (Dallas)
ABOUT THE SHARKS (8-5-3): Despite suffering another loss Friday, San Jose can be encouraged by the fact Patrick Marleau recorded a point for the second straight game by scoring the goal. It was only the second tally in 11 games for Marleau, who began the season with a five-game goal-scoring streak and scored twice in each of his first four contests. The Sharks' power play remained stagnant as it went 0-for-4 against Chicago. The club has gone 2-for-47 with the man advantage over its last 11 games. Left wing Ryane Clowe remains in search of his first goal of the season.
ABOUT THE STARS (8-8-1): Kari Lehtonen skated and faced some shots Friday, but remains day-to-day. The goaltender has missed two games with a groin injury. "He felt marginally better than he did (Thursday)," coach Glen Gulutzan told the team's website. "We'll just have to wait until (Saturday) to see where he's at." Defenseman Trevor Daley is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game with a neck injury. Daley missed Thursday's loss to Vancouver after exiting Sunday's game against the Calgary Flames with the ailment.
1. The Sharks are 4-0-1 in their last five visits to Dallas.
2. D Stephane Robidas and Fs Brenden Morrow, Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn were the only current Stars voted to Dallas' all-time team by its fans.
3. Four of San Jose's five regulation losses this season have come on the road.
PREDICTION: Sharks 4, Stars 2