National Hockey League
San Jose at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The San Jose Sharks' once-comfortable lead in the Pacific Division has shrunk to two points, but they hope to begin building it back up when they continue their four-game road trip Friday against the Dallas Stars. San Jose, which recently was in the thick of the race for first place in the Western Conference, has seen its advantage over Anaheim and Edmonton in the Pacific dwindle to two points thanks to a four-game losing streak.

The Sharks have scored a total of four goals during their slide, which includes a 1-0 setback at Dallas in the opener of their trek. That victory helped the Stars avenge a 5-1 loss in San Jose on March 12 that featured a two-goal performance by Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. It is part of a seven-game stretch in which Dallas has scored two or fewer goals six times — including a 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago on Thursday. Ales Hemsky netted both tallies for the Stars while registering a game-high seven shots and has recorded three goals over his last four contests.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (San Jose), FSN Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE SHARKS (42-24-7): Jannik Hansen's tenure with San Jose has been a rough one thus far, as the 31-year-old Dane has notched just one assist in six games and could miss his third contest in a row because of an upper-body injury. The right wing could return either Friday or the following night in Nashville, coach Peter DeBoer told reporters. The Sharks hope to have Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the lineup against Dallas as the defenseman sat out Tuesday's loss in Minnesota with the flu.

ABOUT THE STARS (29-33-11): Captain Jamie Benn notched a pair of assists Thursday to snap his five-game point drought that followed a string of seven straight contests in which he landed on the scoresheet. The 27-year-old enters Friday three assists away from 300 in the NHL. Patrick Sharp's point drought reached seven games Thursday, leaving him one shy of 600 for his career.


1. Stars C Jason Spezza likely will miss his third consecutive game with a back injury.

2. San Jose's Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 70 points but is mired in a season-high seven-game drought.

3. Dallas C Tyler Seguin, who leads the team with 68 points, will be playing in his 500th NHL game Friday.

PREDICTION: Sharks 5, Stars 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
San Jose 42-24-6-1 L4 23-10-3-1 19-14-3-0 3-2-2-0 39-22-4-1 13-8-2-1
Dallas 29-33-9-2 L1 19-12-5-1 10-21-4-1 2-4-1-0 27-29-8-2 8-14-3-2
Last Meeting
San Jose Dallas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/20/17 SJ 0 DAL 1 30 19 0-2 20 30 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
San Jose M. Armalis 0
Dallas A. Cracknell 1
Goals Player  
San Jose M. Armalis 0
Dallas C. McKenzie 1
Assists Player  
San Jose M. Armalis 0
Dallas A. Cracknell 1
Saves Player  
San Jose A. Dell 19
Dallas K. Lehtonen 30
Total Points Player  
San Jose B. Burns 70
Dallas T. Seguin 68
Goals Player  
San Jose J. Pavelski 28
Dallas J. Benn 24
Assists Player  
San Jose B. Burns 43
Dallas T. Seguin 44
Saves Player  
San Jose M. Jones 1460
Dallas K. Lehtonen 1283
Quickchart Matchup
San Jose Off vs  Dallas Def
2.68 GF
3.21 GA
30.1 Shots
30.2 Shots
37 PP
60 PK
Dallas Off vs  San Jose Def
2.71 GF
2.3 GA
30.5 Shots
27.5 Shots
43 PP
34 PK