NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 28th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (12-3-5-0) at Dallas Stars (10-10-3-0), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to stretch their unbeaten streak to a franchise record 14 games tonight when they continue a four-game road trip against the Dallas Stars at the AmericanAirlines Center.
The Devils matched the longest unbeaten run in club history on Wednesday, as they skated to a 3-3 tie with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. John Madden, Patrik Elias, and Brian Rafalski each lit the lamp for New Jersey, which is 10-0-3 its last 13. Martin Brodeur finished with 33 saves in the draw.
Elias has five goals and four assists during a seven-game points streak while reigning Vezina Trophy winner Brodeur has yielded only 15 goals in his last 12 starts.
The Devils have not lost since falling to the Boston Bruins on October 25, but are still one point back of the Philadelphia Flyers for the Atlantic Division lead. Philadelphia has also been flying this month and is 8-0-2 in its last 10 with a matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes slated for today.
In addition to becoming the fifth team in Devils history to go 13 games without a loss, defenseman Scott Stevens added some more to the night. He passed Larry Murphy for the most games played among NHL defensemen in the deadlock. Stevens, who tied Murphy in Tuesday's shutout over the Los Angeles Kings, has played in 1,616 games over 21-plus seasons with the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Devils.
The 39-year-old captain is now fourth on the all-time games played list -- behind only forwards Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,701) and Ron Francis (1,672).
New Jersey has also been sensational on the road this season and is 5-0-3. In fact, the Devils have gone 15 regular season road games without a loss dating back to last season (9-0-6).
Dallas, meanwhile, has won its last two following Wednesday's 3-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild. Bill Guerin scored twice and Marty Turco stopped 18 shots to lead the Stars to the win.
Guerin and Mathias Tjarnqvist both scored in the second period for the Stars, who posted their third victory in four chances following a seven-game winless string.
Guerin, second in the NHL with 14 goals, has five tallies and nine points in his last eight games.
Dallas closed the game with three unanswered markers, as it improved to 7-0-1 when leading after two periods this season. The team has a 46-game unbeaten streak with such a lead dating back to October 20, 2002 (42-0-4).
The Stars are 7-3-2 at home this season.
New Jersey beat the Stars in the lone meeting between the two teams last season and has won the last four matchups. The Devils, who have skated away with a victory in six of their last 11 overall with the Stars, have won their last two in the Lone Star State.
11/28 10:19:23 ET