Pregame notes: Bachman vs. Greiss

It will be the battle of the backups tonight as the Dallas Stars take on the Sharks in San Jose.

Richard Bachman will get the start for the Stars. Bachman is 6-2-1 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .917 goals against average this season. It will be his first start since January 17, when the Stars lost 3-2 in a shootout to Detroit. Bachman’s played once against San Jose, stopping all eight shots in 20 minutes of relief work on December 8.

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi got dinged up in practice yesterday and won’t play tonight. The Sharks will go with backup Thomas Greiss, who is 6-4-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and .927 save percentage this season.

“The last three starts he’s kept teams to one goal and he’s come in and played very well,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. “There isn’t any added pressure on him. He just comes in and plays his game, and that’s what we want to see.”

It looks like Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, who has missed the last six games with a facial fracture, will be back in the lineup tonight.

Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who missed last night’s game with the flu, is questionable for tonight’s game.