Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils remain the only undefeated team in the NHL. The Devils have extended their season opening win streak to four games after a decisive victory against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. The Devils shutout the Stars 3-0 in a game where both Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Sébastien Dea continued their goal streaks. Keith Kinkaid had another strong showing with his second shutout in four games.
Here are 10 takeaways from the game:
1. For the first time this season coach John Hynes switched up his forward lines. Against the Stars, the Devils forward lines looked as follows:
2. If six goals in his first three games wasn't enough, forward Kyle Palmieri added a seventh goal on the season Tuesday night against the Stars. Palmieri opened the scoring for a fourth consecutive game for New Jersey, with his third power play goal of the year.
Palmieri has been scoring at a fast and furious pace, with seven goals in three games and 3:42 minutes of play.
Taylor Hall and Will Butcher earned the assists on the opening goal.
3. With his fourth opening goal of the season in as many games, Palmieri became the first player in NHL history to score his teams opening goal in four consecutive games to begin a season. Similarly, Palmieri is the third player to score a PPG in each of his team's first four games in a season since the NHL officially began tracking the stat in 1933-34. The others to accomplish that feat, Dino Ciccarelli in 1986-87 (5 GP) and Bronco Horvath in 1959-60 (4 GP).
4. The Devils led the Stars 1-0 after 20 minutes of play and would quickly capitalize on opportunities once they were back on the ice for the second period. Blake Coleman scored his second goal of the season at 2:03 of the second period. It shouldn't be much of a surprise to see Coleman score against the Stars, the team he grew up watching as a native of Plano, Texas. The game on Tuesday was Coleman's third career home game against the Stars, and he has scored a goal in each of them.
Damon Severson notched his fourth point of the season, assisting on Coleman's goal.
5. How about this for a start with the New Jersey Devils? Jean-Sebastien Dea scored his third goal of the season, in his fourth game. The Devils feisty forward was picked up off waivers from Pittsburgh during the preseason and has made an immediate impact as a depth player that suits the Devils fast, tenacious and shooting mentality preached by head coach John Hynes.
Dea's third goal of the season was scored unassisted as he took advantage of a major opportunity. Dea capitalized on Stars netminder Anton Khudobin in net without a stick. Khudobin's stick broke during play and as he was waving to the bench for help, Dea took a shot from the point and blasted the puck past the Stars netminder to give the Devils a 3-0 lead. Dea is currently riding a three-game goal streak
6. It was another strong net between the pipes for Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid didn't have a particularly busy night in goal, seeing 24 shots come his way from the Dallas Stars. But when Kinkaid needed to make the big stops, he was there to see it through, stopping each shot for his second shutout of the season.
7. Miles Wood, a game after losing three of his front teeth, has registered his first fight of the season. After a little jousting with Stars forward Jamie Benn on a face-off, the two dropped the gloves once the puck was dropped. The fight was the first of the season by a New Jersey Devil, and Wood's ninth career fight. Both Wood and Benn received five minutes for fighting.
8. The Devils again prevented the Stars from a regulation victory in New Jersey. The last time the Dallas Stars posted a regulation victory in the state of New Jersey was back on March 15, 2000.
9. Congratulations are in order for head coach John Hynes. The victory against the Stars has now placed Hynes in second place on the Devils all-time coaching wins list (tied with Pete DeBoer). The win against the Stars was Hynes' 114th victory in the NHL (all with the Devils).
10. New Jersey special teams came to play on Tuesday night. The Devils power play went 1-for-6, but it was the penalty kill against the second-best power play in the league that shined. The Devils held the Stars scoreless on their three power play opportunities. Prior to the game against New Jersey, the Stars had a 46.7% conversion rate with the man advantage.