The Dallas Stars stumbled at the end of what was a promising road trip, but they will look to regain momentum when they kick off a rugged four-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. The Stars capped their six-game trek (3-2-1) with losses to Boston and Columbus, but they will have a rematch against both teams on the homestand.

Playing its sixth game in 10 days to close out its trek, Dallas was overmatched by Columbus 4-1 one night after dropping a 2-1 overtime decision in Boston. "Overall, two things come to mind," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said of the road trip. "One, results were pretty good for us, and the other thing was I felt we came together. We worked for each other, and we became a little tougher to play against." San Jose lost the first two contests of its four-game homestand but rebounded to post a pair of 4-3 victories over Philadelphia and Minnesota, respectively. Sharks center Joe Thornton will skate in his 1,500th game Thursday, surpassing Mike Modano for 19th place on the all-time list and for the most games ever by a No. 1 draft pick.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBCS California (San Jose), FS Southwest (Dallas) 

ABOUT THE SHARKS (8-4-3): Thornton scored his 399th career goal after being shifted to the third line alongside Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow, and the move paid off as both linemates also tallied in Tuesday's victory over the Wild. In fact, Sorensen added a pair of assists for his first career three-point game while Goodrow capped a two-point night with the game-winning goal in the third period. "It's an honor to play with him," Sorensen said of the pairing with Thornton. "It was fun playing with him. He was good. He was great. He made some great plays and he scored a goal."

ABOUT THE STARS (8-6-1): Center Tyler Seguin has piled up 173 goals during his six-season tenure in Dallas, but he remains stuck on three this season and is mired in a career worst-tying 12-game drought. "If it was earlier in my career, it might bother me, but I think I can do more now," said Seguin, who still tops the Stars with 14 points. "At times like this, you try to set up your teammates more and help anyway you can. I think I'm doing that." Forward Alexander Radulov is the team's fourth-leading scorer but has missed four consecutive games and eight of the last nine.


1. The Stars have won four straight at home against San Jose.

2. Sharks D Brent Burns has amassed 18 points over his past 12 games.

3. Dallas recalled F Denis Gurianov and reassigned F Justin Dowling to Texas of the American Hockey League.

PREDICTION: Stars 4, Sharks 3  Bet Now

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