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Stars begin two-game series in San Jose

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(Sports Network) - Two teams will get to know each other well over the next few days as the San Jose Sharks begin a four-game homestand tonight, when they play host to the Dallas Stars.

It will be the first of two consecutive meetings at HP Pavilion. The two clubs will do battle again in San Jose on Thursday.

The game could mark the return of Dallas center Mike Modano to the lineup. Modano has missed the last 23 games due to a hip/groin flexor, having last played on December 4 against the Sharks.

Modano has 10 goals and 10 assists in 27 games this year and has 55 points (17 goals, 38 assists) in 60 career games against San Jose.

Dallas continues its four-game road trip having been defeated 4-1 by the Ducks in the trek's opener on Sunday. Jere Lehtinen netted the Stars' only goal when he deked Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere on a penalty shot before scoring on a backhander.

Marty Turco stopped 24-of-28 shots for Dallas, which fell to 14-11-1 on the road this year.

The Stars, who sit 10 points back of Anaheim for the lead in the Pacific Division, are also without forward Brenden Morrow (right wrist surgery).

The Sharks return home after playing a pair of games on the road. Most recently, San Jose was downed by Vancouver, 3-1, behind a 38-save effort by Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo on Sunday.

Joe Pavelski scored the lone goal and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Sharks, who have dropped two of their last three games.

Nabokov has been sharing time this season in net with Vesa Toskala, who has a personal seven-game winning streak that is tied for the longest single-season win streak in club history. Arturs Irbe also won seven straight during the 1993-94 season.

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