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StarGazing - December 16th vs New Jersey Devils

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

FRIDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (17-11-1, 35 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
at New Jersey Devils (16-13-1, 33 points – 4th, Atlantic Division)
7 p.m. CT at Prudential Center


ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
Overall: 50-38-9
Home: 30-14-6
Away: 20-24-3
This Season: 1-0-0
10/29/11 – vs. New Jersey, 3-1 W
12/16/11 – at New Jersey (6 p.m. CT)


BROADCAST INFO: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils meet for their second and final contest of the season on Friday night. Dallas won the first game between these two clubs 3-1. The Stars have won four of their last six contests against the Devils posting a 4-2-0 record in those games.

2.  Dallas concludes their longest road trip of the season on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils. On the trip, the Stars faced the San Jose Sharks (L), the Los Angeles Kings (W), the New York Rangers (W), the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The entire trip is over 6,500 miles, including a West Coast to East Coast swing that encompassed over 2,400 miles (and a total flight time of 4 hours, 50 minutes)

3. The Stars are set to conclude their sixth set of back-to-back games on Friday (Devils). Dallas has not won a back-to-back game since October, and have compiled a 2-2-1 record on the first day of a back-to-back set and a 0-5-0 record on the second day.

4. Dallas has played to four consecutive one-goal games against Eastern Conference opponents holding a 2-1-1 record against them. The Stars and Devils have the top-two highest winning percentages in the NHL this season in one-goal affairs. Dallas is first with a 10-2-1 record (.769), while New Jersey is second with a 12-4-1 record.

5. The Stars have not lost a game in regulation since Oct. 31, 2009 when leading after two periods ( vs. NSH). Since then, the Stars have a 48-0-5 record.

WHO TO WATCH:

SHELDON SOURAY
scored a goal and an assist in the last meeting between these two clubs. Souray finished the game with 22:12 TOI/G and four shots.

ERIC NYSTROM
leads the NHL in shooting percentage (25%). Seven of Nystrom’s 10 goals this season have come against Eastern Conference opponents.

TREVOR DALEY
has scored two of Dallas’ last three goals (prior to game vs. NYI). Both of the goals were game-winnin goals – the first time a defenseman has earned a game winner in consecutive games since 1993 when Paul Cavillini accomplished that feat.
















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