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Sharks takeaways: What we learned in back-and-forth 3-2 loss to Stars

Sharks takeaways: What we learned in back-and-forth 3-2 loss to Stars

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It was a nail-biter down in the Lone Star State as the Sharks visited the Dallas Stars on Friday.

Both teams tried to extend winning streaks, and the Sharks came out swinging to start the night. Things got interesting as both teams lit the lamp in the third period, but the Stars defeated the Sharks in Dallas for the second time this season, picking up a 3-2 win.

Here are three takeaways from Friday night’s game:

Sharks need to capitalize on more of their grade-A’s

They’re certainly creating them, that’s for sure. In the first frame, San Jose was able to roll all four lines and created some really nice-looking chances, but Evander Kane and Logan Couture provided the Sharks' only goals. 

Coach Peter DeBoer said after the Sharks’ win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday that he would’ve liked the team to bury more chances, and make the game easier on themselves. This issue came back to bite the Sharks on Friday, as they carried just a 1-0 lead into the second period and Dallas scored to tie everything up before the second intermission.

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The second-period skid crept back in

The Sharks won their last two games in part because they didn’t take their feet – or skates, if you prefer – off the gas and let the opposition creep back in during the second stanza. On Friday night in Dallas, however, they lost some steam and allowed the Stars to get back into the game.

Which, of course, gave way to a bad changed that allowed Mattias Janmark to grab the puck on a breakaway and beat goaltender Martin Jones.

Even though the Sharks ramped up the energy again in the third period to try and regain the lead, it was after the Stars notched two quick goals to take a 3-1 lead. Had Jones not had another strong game, Dallas might’ve jumped out to an even bigger lead.

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On a more positive note …

Radim Simek has already made an impact on the blueline

The 26-year-old defenseman has only played three games. But the elements he brings to the Sharks blueline already make them a much more dangerous product. His mix of physicality and speed is a welcome addition to San Jose’s blue line.

Friday’s game was already quite physical with both teams trying to extend their winning streaks. But, Simek added an extra punch to San Jose’s physical presence, finishing his checks and deftly knocking Dallas’ skaters off the puck.
 

Sharks vs. Stars watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

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Sharks vs. Stars watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

The San Jose Sharks look to make it three in a row tonight as they hit the road for their second bout against the Dallas Stars.

Team Teal is aiming to get a winning streak underway after back-to-back victories against the Canadiens and the Hurricanes respectively. Martin Jones will get a third consecutive start after stopping 40 of 41 shots against Carolina on Wednesday evening.

The Stars are coming in hot as well, having won their last three contests. Tyler Seguin, who scored on a breakaway the last time the Sharks visited Dallas, leads the team with 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) on the season.

This is the second of three meetings between the Sharks and the Stars this season. In their last meeting, the teams exchanged chances in a fast-paced bout before Dallas notched a 4-3 victory.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Timo Meier
Evander Kane – Antti Suomela – Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Kevin Labanc

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Stars projected lines and pairs

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alexander Radulov
Devin Shore – Martin Hanzal – Jason Spezza
Blake Comeau – Radek Faksa – Tyler Pitlick
Mattias Janmark – Jason Dickinson – Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell – Miro Heiskanen
Gavin Bayreuther – Roman Polak
Joel Hanley – Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop – projected starter
Anton Khudobin

Sharks vs Hurricanes watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

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Sharks vs Hurricanes watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

SAN JOSE – The Sharks return to San Jose for just one home game this week as they get set for their rematch against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday evening.

Team Teal is coming off a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal on Sunday, ending a rough skid of road games. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns registered a goal and an assist apiece as Martin Jones turned away 40 shots and the penalty went a perfect two-for-two. Forward Timo Meier is expected back in the lineup after missing the Sharks last three games. At Tuesday’s practice, he skated on a line with Joe Thornton and Marcus Sorensen.

The Canes visit San Jose for the second of a five-game road trip, including the California swing including games with the Ducks and Kings. Carolina was defeated in LA 2-0 on Sunday evening.

This is the second and final meeting between the Hurricanes and the Sharks this season. Meier, Tomas Hertl, and Antti Suomela scored goals in that game, but Carolina was the victor, defeating San Jose in the shootout 4-3. The Sharks hold a 19-17-0-3 overall record in 39 franchise contests against the Hurricanes.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Timo Meier
Evander Kane – Antti Suomela – Joonas Donskoi

Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Kevin Labanc
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent BurnsBrenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Hurricanes projected lines and pairs

Sebastian Aho – Jordan Staal – Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn – Victor Rask – Justin Williams
Jordan Martinook – Lucas Wallmark – Jordan Martinook

Warren Foegele – Clark Bishop – Phil Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin – Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan – Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk – Brett Pesce

Curtis McElhinney – projected starter
Petr Mrazek