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Wednesday, November 30th (All times eastern)

San Jose Sharks (8-11-4) at Dallas Stars (15-7-1), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to remain hot this evening, as they host the sliding San Jose Sharks in a divisional battle at American Airlines Center.

The Stars have won six of seven and nine of their last 11 games and are in second place in the Pacific Division -- two points behind the Los Angeles Kings.

Dallas picked up a win Saturday evening in Nashville, beating the Predators, 3-1, at Gaylord Entertainment Center. Marty Turco made 23 saves while Stu Barnes scored a goal and added an assist.

Niko Kapanen picked up two assists in the win for Dallas, while fellow Finns Jere Lehtinen and Antti Miettinen also posted goals.

Tonight's tilt is the first of a three-game homestand for the Stars, who are 7-5-1 in Dallas this season.

San Jose, meanwhile, has dropped nine in a row, the longest skid for the Sharks since losing 13 consecutive tilts during the 1992-93 campaign, which was the franchise's second season in the league.

The Sharks are currently in the basement of the Pacific Division.

The latest setback came Saturday versus Detroit. Brendan Shanahan scored two goals 1:10 apart late in the third period to lift the Red Wings to a 7-6 win at HP Pavilion.

Alyn McCauley had a goal and two assists and Scott Thornton tallied a score and a helper for San Jose.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 shots for the Sharks.

The Sharks are playing the first of a three-game road trip tonight. San Jose is just 4-8-2 as the visiting team this year.

The Stars and Sharks have met twice this season with each team winning a game on the other's home ice. Dallas won the last matchup on November 12 to end a three-game skid in the series.

11/30 10:41:32 ET

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