Stars-Devils Preview

Wednesday, 01.8.2014 / 8:52 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Devils Preview

Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils
Thursday, January 9
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (20-15-7) are coming off a 7-3 loss at the New York Islanders on Monday. The Stars who had a 2-0 lead after the first period, were outscored 7-1 over the final 40 minutes, and were outshot 43-23 in the game.

“Probably the most disappointing [game] of the whole year,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We were outskated. We couldn't win on-on-one battles. They basically looked how we usually look. Their legs were better. Their energy level was better. Their puck management was better. That might have been our worst game of the year.”

The loss was the third straight in regulation for the Stars, who have dropped three consecutive games for the first time this season.

“It’s three in a row and we’ve got to stop it,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “It’s a must-win on [Thursday]. We need to find a way to get two points.”

Ruff shuffled his forward lines in Wednesday’s practice. Among the moves, Rich Peverley moved to the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin, who had been playing on the top line, moved to a line with Erik Cole and Cody Eakin.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (upper body) and D Stephane Robidas (leg) are out.

About the Devils

The Devils (17-18-9) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Monday. Michael Ryder scored a shorthanded goal with 30 seconds remaining to tie the game for the Devils, but Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn scored at 1:50 of overtime to win it for the Flyers. It was the third straight loss (0-2-1) for the Devils.

"It's kind of mind-boggling a little bit because we are better than what the results on the ice are," Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "What's the answer? I don't know. We're not playing bad hockey. I don't know if our depth is something to be questioned. It's just a matter of maybe a goalie making a save that you're not supposed to make, or you score a goal you're not supposed to get."

The Devils have been struggling to score lately, scoring just 13 goals over the last six games.

"I don't know if we have to come out desperate [against Dallas], but we have to come out and play our game," Devils forward Adam Henrique said. "I feel we're getting in on the forecheck and getting chances and creating turnovers. But we have to find a way to grab that second and third goal."

Cory Schneider will start in goal Thursday vs. the Stars.

Injuries: RW Damien Brunner (knee), LW Patrik Elias (upper body), C Jacob Josefson (illness), D Peter Harold (foot) and D Adam Larsson (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Devils.

*The two teams did not play last season.

*The Stars and Devils last met Dec. 16, 2011 in New Jersey, where the Devils won, 6-3.

*The Stars are 50-39-9 all-time vs. the Devils.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have allowed 18 goals over the last three games.

*The Devils have scored two goals or fewer in five of their last six games and in seven of their last nine.

*New Jersey ranks 26th in goal scoring at 2.34 per game.

*The Stars rank 25th in goals against at 3.02 per game.

*The Stars are 5-23 (21.8 percent) on the power play over the last five games.

*New Jersey ranks third in the league in penalty killing at 85.9 percent, and second at home at 90.9 percent.

*The Stars are 1-4-1 in their last six games against the Eastern Conference and are 6-6-1 vs. the East this season.

*The Devils are 3-8-4 vs. the Western Conference.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has 9 points (6 goals, 3 assists) over the last 9 games.

*Devils forward Adam Henrique has 4 goals over the last 6 games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (21) and points (41).

*Michael Ryder leads the Devils in goals (14) and Jaromir Jagr leads the Devils in points (35).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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