Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/30/14
New Jersey Devils (22-21-11) at Dallas Stars (24-21-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -136 / New Jersey Devils +124 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Devils look to end their two game slide as they travel to Dallas to take on a Stars team struggling to stay on playoff contention.
New Jersey will look to put an end to a two game losing streak when they take to the road to face the Stars and get back in the playoff conversation in the process. The Devils have undergone a massive overhaul over the past two years as they have seen franchise players in Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk leave the team and have traded for future starting goaltender Corey Schneider who will certainly be under a microscope his entire tenure in the Swamp. Despite their hardships the Devils remain in a playoff position thanks in large part to a very underwhelming Metropolitan division that is certainly giving fans in the Atlantic division a headache but thanks to the top three in each division automatically qualifying for the playoffs the Devils have a great shot at doing so. Schneider will get the call between the pipes as he goes up against Kari Lehtonen for the Stars.
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The Stars are another team that undergone significant changes over the last couple of seasons as they saw their long time captain Brendan Morrow get shipped to St. Louis and all-star forward Loui Eriksson get sent to Boston in exchange for former second overall pick Tyler Seguin. Dallas has things a little tougher than their Thursday night counterparts however as they’re victim of a very strong division that includes the Blackhawks, Blues, Avalanche, and Wild and as such they are likely to fall out of the playoff picture if they can’t turn things around in a big way. However, things have gone a lot better than expected in Big D this season as many thought this would be a season in transition they sit three games above .500 and have a couple statement victories to their name this season. All things considered I think this should be a good game between two very even teams but I have to side with the Devils as they have a better shot at making the playoffs and they need games like this to make it happen.