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In their first meeting this season, on November 8, the Dallas Stars went into San Jose and beat the Sharks 4-3. In this rematch in Dallas, the Sharks will tie the season series. Both teams are on win streaks, with the Sharks winning their last two games and the Stars their last three. The Sharks are coming off a dominating 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday, and the Stars beat the Connor McDavid-less Oilers 4-1 on Monday. Something has to give with these two relatively hot teams facing each other, and it will be the visiting Sharks who get revenge for that game more than a month ago.
After being blown out 6-2 in Erik Karlsson’s return to Ottawa last Saturday for their fourth straight loss, the Sharks players got an earful from general manager Doug Wilson, who had clearly had enough of their lackluster and underachieving play to that point. The players responded with a 3-1 win at Montreal the next night and then the blowout of Carolina on Tuesday. Apparently Wilson woke his team up and that could be bad news for the rest of the NHL, because with the likes of Brent Burns — one of the few Sharks who has played up to his potential — Karlsson, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Evander Kane, and Timo Meier, if this team gets going, they’re back to being Stanley Cup contenders. San Jose came into this season at +1200 to win the Cup and can now be had at BetOnline at +2000. I’d highly suggest jumping on that now as it could change in a hurry if the Sharks go on a run.
The Sharks are 14-15 against the spread and 5-10 on the road. San Jose has scored 86 goals and allowed 78. They’re 17-12-0 on the over/under and 8-7-0 on the road. The Sharks are 9-20 on the puck line and 3-12 on the road. Burns leads the team in assists (25) and points (29). Pavelski leads the team in goals (18) .
The Stars are 15-13 against the spread and 9-4 at home. Dallas has scored 78 goals and allowed 72. They’re 10-15-3 on the over/under and 7-5-1 at home. The Stars are 18-10 on the puck line and 9-4 at home. Tyler Seguin leads the team in assists (18) and points (26). Captain Jamie Benn leads the team in goals (12).
For the Sharks, Martin Jones made 39 saves in the 5-1 win over Carolina and is now 11-6-0-3 with a 2.90 GAA and .900 save percentage. Backup Aaron Dell is 3-4-0-2 with a 2.88 GAA and .904 save percentage.
For the Stars, Ben Bishop is 9-5-0-1 with a 2.25 GAA and .925 save percentage. Anton Khudobin is 6-5-0-2 with a 2.70 GAA and .915 save percentage.
The Sharks are healthy.
For the Stars, center Martin Hanzal will return from injured reserve and play his first game. Defenseman Marc Methot remains on injured reserve with lower-body injury. Defenseman John Klingberg (hand) remains out but could play before Christmas. Defenseman Connor Carrick (foot) is out four weeks.
Final score prediction: Sharks 4, Stars 3