NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 31st
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (21-11-3) at Dallas Stars (15-15-5), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to extend their road point
streak to seven games tonight, when they visit the Dallas Stars and American
The Devils will wrap a three-game trek tonight and have won the first two
tests of the swing to improve to 5-0-1 in their last six contests as the
visiting team. New Jersey is 10-4-2 overall as the road team this year.
After getting shut out in back-to-back home losses, the Devils snapped their
scoring skid with a 4-2 win versus the New York Rangers last Saturday before
dealing the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 loss Tuesday night.
New Jersey got two goals out of Zach Parise in the win and Jay Pandolfo came
up with the game-winning tally late in the third period. Brian Rolston scored
in his second straight game and has three goals in his last five contests.
Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots for the win, also New Jersey's fourth in the
last six games. The club trails the Rangers by four points for first place in
the Atlantic Division.
Parise, meanwhile, continues to lead the Devils on offense with club highs in
goals (21), assists (23) and points (44). He has eight goals and 11 assists in
13 games this month and had a goal and a helper in a 5-0 win over Dallas on
October 22, the Devils' second straight in the series.
The Stars failed to get any of their 21 shots past Martin Brodeur in losing
for the sixth time in their last eight meetings with the Devils, but they
won't have to face the future Hall of Famer tonight. Brodeur remains out due
to a left elbow/biceps injury and Clemmensen will likely get his first-career
start versus Dallas tonight.
The Stars, who have won their last two at home versus New Jersey, won back-to-
back games for the second time this year after besting Anaheim on Saturday,
but for the second time this year failed to post a three-game winning streak.
Dallas was handed a 3-1 loss by the San Jose Sharks on Monday.
Matt Niskanen scored the lone goal for the Stars and Marty Turco turned aside
16-of-18 shots in the loss for Dallas. The Stars' 35 points on the season are
the second fewest in the Western Conference.
Dallas ends a three-game homestand tonight before beginning 2009 with four
straight on the road. The Stars' loss on Monday halted a four-game home
winning streak and dropped them to 8-6-3 at home this season.
Dallas will be without Fabian Brunnstrom and Joel Lundqvist after both players
were placed on injured reserve. Brunnstrom suffered a lower-body injury versus
the Ducks, while Lundqvist has been bothered by a shoulder injury since
December 18. He missed 21 games earlier this year because of a shoulder issue.
12/31 10:33:35 ET