Sharks-Stars Preview

The San Jose Sharks have dropped four in a row on the road. At

least, they were able to find the net in the their last time out,

and goals may be hard to come by against the Dallas Stars.

The Sharks attempt to end their losing streak as the visitors

Thursday night when they face the Stars, who are in search of a

fifth straight home victory.

San Jose (9-5-3) has lost a season-high four in a row on the

road and were shut out in the first three defeats in that

stretch.

The Sharks ended the goal drought but had the losing streak

continue Wednesday, falling 4-3 in overtime at Colorado after

squandering a two-goal lead midway through the third period.

“I was happy with our guys, believe it or not,” Sharks coach

Todd McLellan said. “We lost the game and that’s the real

disappointing thing. But for the most part I thought we played a

real solid game.”

Despite the struggles on the road, San Jose has gained 10 of a

possible 12 points over the last six games because of a 4-0-1

homestand before visiting Denver.

A stop in Dallas (9-7-0) may prove to be difficult to end its

road woes.

The Sharks went 2-2-2 against the Stars last season, dropping

two of three on the road while getting outscored 13-3 in the last

two visits – both losses.

Perhaps Logan Couture can help them avoid a third loss in a row

at American Airlines Center. The center has scored in each of his

two meetings with the Stars, including San Jose’s lone tally in a

5-1 loss at Dallas on March 31 in the most recent meeting

there.

Couture is entering this matchup with five points over the last

three games, and he’s netted four of his seven goals on the season

in four road games, including two game-winners.

The Stars are looking to continue capitalizing on a three-game

homestand. They opened the stretch with their fourth consecutive

win there, beating Anaheim 2-1 on Tuesday after dropping all three

games of a road trip.

“This was very important,” center Brad Richards told the team’s

official website after getting two points against the Ducks,

including his 200th career goal. “As quick as you lose ground, you

can make it back up with a few wins and that’s our goal on this

homestand.”

While the Stars were outscored 12-3 during their road losing

streak, they hold a 17-6 advantage in the last four games in

Dallas. They last won five in a row there from Jan. 8-29.

Richards has been key at home, where the Stars are 6-3-0 with

him scoring 15 of his team-leading 21 points there.

He has failed to score at home just once and has one goal and

four assists in the last three home matchups with San Jose.

Kari Lehtonen has won three home starts in a row with a 2.01

goals-against average after making 26 saves Tuesday.