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Tuesday, January 5th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (18-12-11) at New Jersey Devils (29-10-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will aim for a sixth straight home victory when they welcome the Dallas Stars for tonight's interconference battle at Prudential Center.

The Devils, who are first in the Eastern Conference with 59 points, have won five in a row at the Rock to improve their home record to 15-6-0 on the season. Overall, New Jersey has won three of four and eight of its last 10 contests.

Tonight marks the first of two straight on home ice for the Devils, who will also welcome Tampa Bay on Friday. Jersey will then begin a five-game road trip with Saturday's stop in Montreal.

The Devils picked up a road win in their most recent game, downing Minnesota this past Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. Jamie Langenbrunner notched his first career hat trick and Jay Pandolfo wound up with the game-winning goal in the third period to lift Jersey to the 5-3 decision in St. Paul.

"It's definitely been a good start to 2010, that's for sure," Langenbrunner said. "Getting your first career hat trick is a lot of fun. I was well aware of it (not having one). That's something you know. I've had a few opportunities to get it, but it was good to get that third one."

All told, Langenbrunner posted five goals and six points in four contests last week and was named the NHL's First Star for the period ending January 3.

Dean McAmmond also scored and Patrik Elias picked up three assists for the Devils. Martin Brodeur stopped 29-of-32 shots for the win.

Prior to tonight's game, the Devils will honor the 2000 Stanley Cup championship team that beat Dallas in six games to earn the franchise's second title.

The Stars, meanwhile, come into tonight off a loss Saturday against visiting Vancouver. The setback ended a two-game winning streak for Dallas, which has yet to win three in a row this season.

Dallas tied the game at 1-1 on Loui Eriksson's goal just 37 seconds into the third period, but Daniel Sedin scored the game-winner with 2:38 remaining in regulation. Alexandre Burrows added an empty-net tally for Vancouver to seal the win.

Eriksson's tally was his 17th of the season for the Stars. Marty Turco made 24 saves in the losing effort for Dallas.

The Stars will visit the New York Rangers on Wednesday and, beginning with tonight, are playing five of six and eight of their next 11 games on the road. Dallas is just 7-7-6 as the visiting team this year and has lost four straight and seven of its last eight away from home.

Dallas recorded a 5-3 home win over the Devils on November 21 and has taken four of the last six meetings between the clubs. However, the Stars have lost four straight on the road in this series.

01/05 10:50:14 ET


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