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Stars-Devils Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

New Jersey Devils at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, November 15
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (6-6-4) lost 5-4 in overtime at Vancouver Sunday. The Stars had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, but the Canucks rallied to tie and scored with 1:20 left in regulation to send the game to overtime, where Markus Granlund won it. The Stars fell to 0-4 in 3-on-3 overtime this season.

"We give up four goals in 20-something minutes. It's no good. It's unacceptable," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We've got to be better [in overtime]. It's a will to win three-on-three and we haven't found a way to win that way."

The Stars picked up six of ten points on their five-game road trip by going 2-1-2. Tuesday's game opens a four-game homestand for the Stars. They'll play New Jersey, Colorado, Edmonton, and Minnesota.

Injuries: RW Patrick Sharp (concussion) and C Jason Spezza (lower body) are day to day. RW Jiri Hudler (illness), C Cody Eakin (knee), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Devils

The Devils (8-3-3) won their fourth straight game Saturday, defeating Buffalo, 4-2. The Devils swept a home-and-home series with the Sabres after just sweeping a home-and-home with Carolina.

"Four wins in a row is huge for our confidence," Devils forward Taylor Hall, who recorded two assists, told media following the game. "The one thing it does do is put other teams on guard that we're a strong team. We're going to face these teams at their best, so we have to be ready for that."

Four different New Jersey players tallied goals in Saturday's win.  

The Devils, who improved to 6-0-1 at home this season, now head out on a four-game road trip to Dallas, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose.

Forward Mike Cammalleri, who has missed the past two games for personal reasons, was not expected to travel with the team to Dallas.

LW Luke Gazdic cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL) on Monday.

Injuries: F Mike Cammalleri (personal) is out. D John Merrill (finger) and F Luke Gazdic (foot) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Devils this season.

*The Stars were 1-0-1 vs. New Jersey last season.

*The Devils were 1-1-0 vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars have points in five straight games against the Devils (3-0-2).

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 3-2-1 at home.

*The Devils are 2-3-2 on the road.

*The Stars are 0-1-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division.

*The Devils are 3-0-1 vs. the Western Conference, including 1-0-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Devils rank third in the NHL in goals against (2.14/game) and 23rd in goals for (2.44/game).

*The Stars rank 13th in goals for (2.75/game) and 26th in goals against (3.44/game).

*The Stars went 5-18 (27.8 percent) on the power play during their five-game road trip.

*The Devils are 0-20 on the power play in their past five games.

*Through Sunday, Stars forward Tyler Seguin was tied for the league lead in scoring with 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists).

*Seguin is on a five-game points streak (2 goals, 6 assists).

*Stars forward Antoine Roussel is on a six-game points streak (3 goals, 5 assists).

*Roussel and Stars forward Lauri Korpikoski are both on three-game goal scoring streaks.

*Forward Taylor Hall leads the Devils in scoring with 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists).

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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