Sharks-Stars: Nabokov, San Jose Look for Sixth Straight Win in Dallas

March 16th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks travel to Dallas Tuesday, where they have won five in a row. Evgeni Nabokov is 8-0-0 with a 1.43 GAA in his last nine starts at the American Airlines Center.

This season against the Stars, the Sharks have two shootout losses at home to go with their 4-2 road win. They enter this game on an unimpressive 4-4-1 run despite playing five games at home, four against teams out of the playoff picture, and three more against teams seeded seventh or eighth.

The good news is that Dallas is struggling even more, being 1-5-1 since the Olympic break, and they would have to play more than 25 percent better than Detroit over their final 14 games to make the playoffs.

In other words, they are almost broken. Or are they desperate?

Nabokov cited one problem the team will face down the stretch. "We have to realize one thing—that teams are going to be desperate...(I)f we don't match their work ethic, we are not going to win."

But it is not just a matter of playing desperate teams.

Anaheim is out of the playoff picture (and Sharks fans can take some solace in their team's 5-1 record helping make that a rea ...

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