New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars - 1/9/14
Dallas Stars (20-15-7) at New Jersey Devils (17-18-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -105 / Dallas Stars -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
If you listen to New Jersey Devils head coach Peter Deboer he would be telling you just how unfortunate the Devils have been during their three game losing streak. Deboer keeps stressing that his hockey club is doing all the right things but aren't being rewarded for it. Watching Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers you could certainly make that argument but right now Deboer is dealing with something that isn't going to change any time soon. The New Jersey Devils are struggling to score goals and it's hard to see that changing soon. New Jersey is doing a better job lately of generating more opportunities but against the Flyers we saw how that resulted directly in a goal against them when they couldn't get back to defend. The Devils got a first period goal from Adam Henrique just 57 seconds into the game but weren't able to build on the lead from there. New Jersey was able to hold the Flyers scoreless until early in the third when Claude Giroux evened things at 1-1 and midway through the period Philadelphia took the lead on a goal from Scott Hartnell. It looked like that would just about do it for the Devils but with the net empty Michael Ryder converted a beautiful feed from Marek Zidlicky to tie the game and send it into overtime. New Jersey wasn't able to contain the Flyers four-on-four however and Philadelphia skated out of town with a 3-2 win. Thirty three shots on goal for the Devils is like 50 for most teams and it's something they're going to need to continue to do if they're going to snap out of this losing streak. The Dallas Stars come to town on Thursday night losers of three straight games themselves and they're looking to get back on track in this one as well. Dallas is just a disaster right now defensively so maybe facing New Jersey is exactly what they need. The Stars have allowed 18 goals during the last three games and it's just getting worse as it goes on. Six goals allowed against the Montreal Canadiens, five against Detroit, and seven more on Monday against the New York Islanders. Jamie Benn was named to the Canadian Olympic team and then chipped in his 15th goal of the season to open the scoring, but Dallas blew a 2-0 lead and allowed four Islanders goals in the second and three more in the third in the 7-3 loss. Kari Lehtonen took the loss as his record dropped to 16-10-7 on the year but he's not getting much help in front of him right now. Dallas was outshot 43-23 in this one. Erik Cole and Valeri Nichuskin also scored for the Stars. This should be an interesting game between two teams that are struggling right now and the question will be how they end up playing it. The Devils have been defensive minded all year but are starting to open it up more, and Dallas really needs to focus on taking care of their own end. There should be enough goals to go around for both teams in this one.
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