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New Jersey seeks first win in six games; Bowness debuts as Dallas coach

by Josh Clark / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (9-15-5) at STARS (17-11-3)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Rick Bowness will coach his first game for the Dallas Stars, facing the New Jersey Devils at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Bowness replaces Jim Montgomery, who was fired Tuesday. Stars general manager Jim Nill said that there was a "material act of unprofessionalism" discovered over the past two days that led to the firing on Tuesday morning. Montgomery had a 60-43-10 record with Dallas.

The Stars have won their past two games after an 0-3-1 stretch. Dallas is 16-4-2 in its past 22 games after a 1-7-1 start to the season. They won 3-1 against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Devils are 0-4-1 in their past five games and have been outscored 22-9 over the span. New Jersey lost 6-4 to the Nashville Predators on Saturday to begin a four-game road trip. They are 0-2-1 since Alain Nasreddine was named coach after John Hynes was fired.

 

Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop is 8-1-1 with a 1.82 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in his past 11 starts.

 

They said it

"I can't speak for them. It was a shock for us too, so we haven't really had a chance to think about it. It has nothing to do with us, so we're just focusing on our team and letting them deal with that issue." -- Devils coach Alain Nasreddine on Dallas firing coach Jim Montgomery

"It's confusion and shock. It's definitely sad. I really liked Monty. He's a great coach. I was saying all along that I was looking forward to this being the last coach of my Stars career. Like I said, stuff happens that's not in my control or the guys' control. We trust our management and our GM Jim Nill. Whatever happened, that was a decision made by them. We support them and it's time to get to work tonight." -- Stars forward Tyler Seguin on Montgomery being fired

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Jesper Boqvist -- Pavel Zacha -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- Wayne Simmonds

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller

Mackenzie Blackwood

Louis Domingue

Scratched: John Hayden, Colton White, Michael McLeod

Injured: Nico Hischier (illness), Connor Carrick (finger), Matt Tennyson (upper body)

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin

Joe Pavelski -- Roope Hintz -- Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Denis Gurianov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)

 

Status report

Hischier was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 5. … McLeod was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

Coleman, a Plano, Texas native, has three goals in five games against the Stars. … Heiskanen has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. … Bishop has won eight consecutive games against the Devils.

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