Dallas Stars (18-13-1) at New Jersey Devils (17-9-4)
|Date & Time||Friday December 15, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under:
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The Dallas Stars look to stay red hot and earn their sixth win in their last seven tries on the road as they head into New Jersey to face off with the Devils on Friday night.
The Stars have hit their stride and are starting to look like the team many expected to see in contention for top spot in the Western Conference as they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games overall and 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games, but they haven’t faired particularly well in New Jersey lately and will need a big effort to snap that streak. The Stars have ridden the play of their high octane offense to success over the last two weeks as the likes of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Radulov are starting to heat up and with some pivotal road victories on their resume of late they should be more than capable of getting it done here. Dallas is expected to send Ben Bishop to the crease here as he will face off against Corey Schneider in a show down of two serviceable goaltenders who can win a game single handily.
The Devils meanwhile look for their eighth win at home this season but they haven’t done too well playing in a back to back of late as they have dropped nine of their last 13 without a day off and coming back home from Montreal after an overtime loss may not be the easiest transition. The Devils have just 18 wins in their last 67 Friday games which is an alarming trend as they seem to back their way into most weekends but they have done well against the Western Conference lately as they have four wins in their last five. New Jersey is a tough team to figure out as they have a decent amount of skill at both ends of the rink but just don’t seem to have the same swagger that most of the league’s elite have and it is tough to imagine them going on a deep playoff run.
The Stars are 7-1 in their last eight against the Metro and 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games while the Devils are 17-36 in their last 53 in their third game in a 3-4 set and have played to the under in six of their last eight at home. This one should feature defense and goaltending and as such the under is a safe play here.