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Slumping Sharks look to bounce back at home

Minnesota (30-27-5) at San Jose (42-11-9), 10:30 p.m. EST

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks hope to

return to the win column when they host the Minnesota Wild on

Thursday.

San Jose has dropped three of its last four and has only totaled

seven goals over its past five contests.

Boasting the league's best home record at 26-3-3, the Sharks

were soundly beaten, 4-1, on their home ice by the Dallas Stars

on Tuesday. Joe Thornton netted the lone tally on the power

play for San Jose.

Minnesota comes in on a four-game losing streak (0-3-1),

dropping the first three contests on its six-game road trip.

Dan Fritsche and defenseman Marek Zidlicky each tallied as the

Wild lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, on Tuesday. Minnesota

has only scored eight goals over its past five games.

The Sharks made a minor trade during Wednesday's deadline,

acquiring Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins from the

Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Timo Pielmeier, center Nick Bonino

and a conditional fourth-round draft selection.

Moen recorded four goals and seven assists in 63 contests with

the Ducks this season.

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