National Hockey League action on Friday evening and the Pacific Division will square off with the Central Division as the San Jose Sharks grapple with the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Sharks enter this game off a 5-1 home win over the Hurricanes, while the Stars are off a 4-1 home win over the Oilers. The Stars won the first meeting (At home) by a score of 4-3.
Sharks Blow The Hurricanes Away
The San Jose Sharks had a four-game losing streak going, but they have shaken that off by winning their last two games in a row. The Sharks took out Montreal on the road by a score of 3-1 and followed that up with a 5-1 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Sharks had scored a total of seven goals during their slide, but have put up eight goals in their last two games. It will not be easy in this one as Dallas has been stingy in the crease, especially at home. Barclay Goodrow (4th), Tomas Hertl (7th), Timo Meier (14th), Joe Pavelski (18th), and Marcus Sorensen (5th) all scored in the win.
Grabbing the win against the Hurricanes was Martin Jones, who stopped 39 of the 40 shots that he faced to improve to 11-9 with a 2.90 GAA and a .900 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 4-5 with a 3.12 GAA and a .894 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 2-6 with a 3.30 GAA against the Stars. The Sharks enter this game ranked 13th in scoring at 3.10 gpg and 17th in goals allowed at 3.03 gpg.
The Dallas Stars had a ough stretch of their own recently as they lost four of five games, but they have bounced back to win their last three games in a row. TYhe Stars have been stingy in the crease all year, and they have now allowed a total of six goals over their last four games. Dallas is now at 15-13 on the year, and that puts them in 4th place in the Central Division, and just six points out of first. Dallas will look to keep it going in this one against a San Jose team that has struggled on the road this year. Jason Dickinson (5th), Brett Ritchie (1st), Jamie Benn (12th), and Esa Lindell (4th) all scored in the win against the Oilers.
Snatching up the win against the Oilers was Anton Khudobin, who stopped 28 of the 29 shots that he faced to move to 6-7 with a 2.71 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Ben Bishop, and he has gone 9-6 with a 2.25 GAA, and a .925 save percentage on the year, including 5-3 with a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save percentage here at home. In his carer, he has gone 3-6 with a 3.23 GAA against the Sharks. The Stars enter this game ranked 22nd in the league in scoring at 2.79 gpg and 3rd in goals allowed at 2.57 gpg.
- 10-4 in their last 14 vs. theWestern Conference
- 39-19 in their last 58 games playing on 3 or more days rest
San Jose is:
- 5-11 in their last 16 games following a win.
- 6-20 in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .60