(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils are hoping to avoid a third
straight setback when they visit the Dallas Stars for Thursday's battle at
American Airlines Center.
New Jersey had won two in a row heading into Sunday's outdoor game against the
New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. The Devils were slammed by a 7-3 score in
that Stadium Series clash in the Bronx and failed to rebound in Tuesday's 3-0
loss in St. Louis.
The Devils enter Thursday mired in a scoreless streak of 103 minutes, 53
seconds. New Jersey hasn't scored since taking a 3-1 lead late in the first
period of Sunday's game against the Rangers, who scored six unanswered goals
to cruise to victory at Yankee Stadium.
New Jersey sent 23 shots Jaroslav Halak's way on Tuesday, but the Blues
goaltender turned aside every one of them. Cory Schneider recorded 22 saves
for the Devils, who have lost four of their last six outings but are still
only two points out of a playoff spot in the East.
"I thought we played a pretty solid road game," Schneider said. "Right now,
solid isn't good enough against the elite teams in the league."
The Devils opened a three-game road trip on Tuesday and fell to 10-14-5 as the
guest this season. New Jersey is scheduled to cap the swing tomorrow evening
New Jersey recorded a 1-0 home win over the Stars on Jan. 9. Schneider record
the shutout with 26 saves and Michael Ryder scored the game's lone goal. It
was New Jersey's third win in the last four meetings against Dallas, but the
Stars have won five of the past six encounters in Texas.
The Stars hope to get back on track tonight after having a three-game win
streak halted in Monday's home game against the Colorado Avalanche. Alex
Tanguay scored the winner in the third period and Semyon Varlamov finished the
game with 41 saves to help the Avs down Dallas, 4-3.
Tyler Seguin posted two goals and an assist in the loss while Jamie Benn had a
goal and an assist for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves for Dallas.
"It's a tough one. We had a couple of great opportunities late but just
couldn't get it to go," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. "We had probably
five or six point-blank chances in the second to blow the game open but he
(Varlamov) was there and made some saves."
Dallas has a 13-9-5 record on home ice this season and tonight they'll try to
complete a five-game stay at American Airlines Center on a positive note.
With 56 points on the season, the Stars are tied with the Devils in the NHL
standings, but Dallas is seven points out of a playoff spot in the West.
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