(SportsNetwork. Cheap Air Max 270 .com) - The Dallas Stars will try to avoid their longest losing streak since 2009 on Saturday night as they take on a San Jose Sharks club that is kicking off an 11-day road trip. The Stars are coming off a 3-2 loss at home to the Nashville Predators, getting goals from Trevor Daley and Patrick Eaves as well as 30 saves by Kari Lehtonen. Dallas had some chances at the end of the game, with Jamie Benn missing a wide-open net wide before Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne came up with several big saves. That included one on a bouncing puck as the final horn sounded as the Stars fell to 0-4-2 in their last six games. I think (Rinne) was the difference maker at the end, said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. The Stars will now try to avoid going without a point in seven straight for the first time since an 0-5-2 rut from March 17-30, 2009. They may attempt to do so without forward Cody Eakin, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury that held him out of Thursdays loss. Lehtonen is 5-7-3 with a 3.30 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 15 career meetings with the Sharks. San Jose is set to play seven times over its road trip, but head to Dallas on a sour note following Thursdays 3-2 loss to the visiting Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks had won three of four, but couldnt top the Canucks despite a 36-19 shot advantage. James Sheppard and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks and Joe Thornton nearly forced overtime on a a shot that banked off of Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller. However, time had just expired before the puck went into the net. I think we played hard, said Sheppard. Im sure we will bounce back and take what we can from this game. Antti Niemi made 16 saves in his fifth straight start and figures to get a rest either tonight or on Sunday in Chicago. He is 9-4-5 with a 2.28 GAA and .920 save percentage in his career versus the Stars, while backup Alex Stalock has won both of his previous meetings with the club, stopping 63-of-66 shots faced. The Sharks are 3-0-1 in their past four versus the Stars, but 1-2-2 in their last five trips to Dallas. Discount Nike Air Max Wholesale . - In about six minutes, the Memphis Grizzlies had allowed their 23-point lead to be cut to seven. Wholesale Nike Air Max From China . -- Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand.LONDON - Lionel Messi and Barcelona beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid to top the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday.Both Messi and Ronaldo scored hat tricks at the weekend and, despite Ronaldo setting a Spanish league record with his 23rd treble, Messi takes the leading player honours after propelling Barcelona to a 5-1 victory against Espanyol.Ronaldos goals led Real to a 3-0 triumph against Celta Vigo, its 18th straight win in all competitions, equaling a record set by Barcelona in 2005-06.Its really amazing what Messi and Ronaldo are doing now, with hat tricks seemingly every week, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the United States said.Fellow voter Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport in Italy believes Messi edges Ronaldo because Barcelona had to come from behind to secure its win over Espanyol.Espanyol took the lead in Barcelonas derby and the 5-1 victory for Luis Enriques men has a lot to do with the Argentinian genius, Capaldi said. Even if the score is eloquent, Im not sure Barcelona would have won without Messi.Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is third after scoring twice as his side beat Chelsea 2-1, handing the Premier League leader its first loss this season.The result places Newcastle fourth in the team vote this week, behind Bayern Munich.I am always impressed by how solid Chelsea has been this season, Ubiratan Leal of trivela.com in Brazil said. I cant help myself but recognize the value of the first team to beat them.Bundesliga leader Bayern secured a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen with the decisive goal from Franck Ribery, who is seventh in this weeks player vote.Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting enters the poll in fourth, after also scoring a hat trick. Nike Air Max Sale. His three goals came for Schalke in its 4-0 win over Stuttgart.Premier League champion Manchester City is fifth, after it took advantage of Chelseas slip with two wins against Sunderland and Everton in the Premier League and closed the gap between the two sides to three points.Spanish champion Atletico Madrid is one place behind after it beat Elche 2-0, and West Ham enters this weeks poll in seventh after beating Swansea 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.West Ham currently occupies fourth place in the Premier League, and its victory over Swansea was spearheaded by two goals from Andy Carroll, who is sixth in the player vote.The London club received three more votes than Manchester United, which won 2-1 at Southampton on Monday thanks to a double from striker Robin van Persie to continue its resurgence with a fifth straight win.Van Persie is another entrant in this weeks top 10 players, taking eighth spot.Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fifth after his double in a 2-1 comeback win against Nantes saw Paris Saint-Germain remain a point behind leader Marseille.PSG is 10th in the poll this week thanks to the victory.AP Global Football 10:Players:1. Lionel Messi, 143 points.2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 131.3. Papiss Cisse, 90.4. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 81.5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 76.6. Andy Carroll, 54.7. Franck Ribery, 53.8. Robin van Persie, 47.9. Mario Mandzukic, 37.10. Sergio Aguero, 31.Teams:1. Barcelona, 131.2. Real Madrid, 123.3. Bayern Munich, 92.4. Newcastle, 87.5. Manchester city, 65.6. Atletico Madrid, 53.7. West Ham, 45.8. Manchester United, 42.9. Genoa, 37.10. Paris Saint-Germain, 33. ' ' '
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