The San Jose Sharks hope to break out of their funk following the All-Star break when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
After winning seven of nine heading into the break, the Sharks (33-18-1) are just 1-2-1 since the layoff, including losses in their last three games. The last two defeats came at home to Dallas, which now trails San Jose by only three points in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks allowed the Stars to score two first-period goals in Thursday's 4-2 loss, their season-high third straight at home. San Jose, which owns the NHL's best power-play unit, went scoreless in six opportunities and is in a 1-for-32 slump with the man advantage.
In the back-to-back losses to Dallas, the Sharks were outscored 3-0 in the third period.
"We get down in a hurry, and we've got some people who look like they're trying to do the right things, and it's just awful," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "Why, all of a sudden, we go from great to awful in 48 hours. It's unbelievable."
In their last seven games, the Sharks are 3-0-0 when All-Star Joe Thornton scores a goal and 0-3-1 when he doesn't.
"You need everybody on the ice working together, and we haven't had that the last couple of games," captain Patrick Marleau said. "When you have three guys working together and two guys doing something else out there on the ice, it doesn't work."
The Sharks, playing the third game of a four-game homestand, head out on a season-high eight-game road trip after hosting Chicago (19-25-7) and Anaheim on Tuesday. The Sharks trail the Pacific-leading Ducks by five points.