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Saturday, December 21st (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (17-12-5) at San Jose Sharks (21-8-6), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars hope to push their winning streak to three straight games on Saturday night as they visit the San Jose Sharks.

The Stars were last in action on Thursday, when they notched a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. It gave Dallas a win in three of its last four games, including back-to-back victories for the first time since a three-game run from Nov. 13-17.

Erik Cole paced the offense with a goal and two assists, while Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to earn his 100th victory in a Dallas uniform.

Valeri Nichushkin, Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour added goals for a Stars club looking to find some winning consistency.

"We can't be a team that's going to win three and lose two or lose three and win one," said Cole. "It's not going to gain any ground especially in the west. We all know what a big stretch of games this is against the opponents that we are playing. It's all teams we are chasing. It's nice we were able to get another two (points) here, especially at home where we've struggled."

Sceviour has been a spark in four games since being recalled from the minors on Dec. 9, netting the first three goals of his NHL career in that time. His goal on Thursday came 15 seconds after Benn scored to put Dallas up 2-0 less than five minutes into the game.

The Sharks, meanwhile, have lost six of their last eight and dropped a 4-1 decision to the hosting Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Patrick Marleau scored a goal in his 1,200th career game and Antti Niemi gave up all four goals on 32 shots, though head coach Todd McLellan was putting the blame squarely on his goaltender.

"I think (Niemi) is like some others on our team, some go-to guys that have to step up. He knows that, we know it, his teammates know it. But we are talking about one individual who wears the (goalie) pads. There are some others who didn't have a very good night. The focus can't just go on him," said McLellan.

San Jose played most of the game without rookie Tomas Hertl, who exited with a bruised right knee after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Los Angeles' Dustin Brown late in the first period. Hertl has 15 goals and 25 points in 35 games this season.

According to a report by CSNBayArea.com, Hertl could miss a month of action due to the injury. Brown was ejected from the game but will not face further discipline from the league.

San Jose may have some revenge on its mind after having its season-opening seven-game winning streak snapped with a 4-3 shootout loss in Dallas on Oct. 17.

The Stars have won four of the past five meetings overall, but the Sharks are 5-0-1 in the last six played in San Jose.

Niemi is 9-4-5 with a 2.28 goals against average in his career versus the Stars, while Lehtonen is 5-7-1 with a 3.54 GAA when squaring off with the Sharks.

12/21 11:13:23 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 23Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh 4/23 7:00 PM ET
Columbus NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1.
Anaheim 4/23 8:00 PM ET
Dallas CNBC, TSN, RDS2, FSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Anaheim leads series, 2-1.
St. Louis 4/23 9:30 PM ET
Chicago NBCSN, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. St. Louis leads series, 2-1.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
8th
CHR 8
DUR 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
2nd
ATL 0
MIA 0
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
3:10pm Today
COL
SFG
3:35pm Today
OAK
TEX
3:40pm Today
SEA
HOU
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
8th
CHR 8
DUR 0