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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils

Friday, October 24, 2014
6:00 p.m. (puck drops at 6:26 p.m.)
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (3-1-2) are coming off a 6-3 win over Vancouver Tuesday at American Airlines Center. The Stars led 3-0 after one period and extended it to 5-0 early in the second. Despite the win, the Stars were not thrilled they allowed 46 shots on goal.

“We started the game and did a lot of great things but I thought defensively we really struggled. I thought the defense really had a tough time down low. We made some poor decisions that led to some pretty big chances,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “But when the game was right there, I thought we were the better team. When it got out of hand we had too many guys leaning on the offensive side and not willing to pay a big enough price to keep it fairly comfortable. I thought [goaltender Kari] Lehtonen made some big saves. He was our best player by far.”

The win extended the Stars’ points streak to four games (3-0-1).

“We’re happy with the wins, but we can take our game to another level,” said defenseman Brenden Dillon. “Getting wins, we’ve got to make sure we are good with our game. The two points are the goal, but we need to take our game to the level that we want to hold ourselves to.”

Alex Goligoski, who missed Wednesday’s practice due to a skate cut under his ear and maintenance, practiced Thursday and is said to be ready to play Friday.

Ruff would not reveal his goaltending plans for Friday and Saturday’s back-to-back games against the Devils and New York Islanders.

The Dallas coach said he would like to get defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka into his first NHL game against either the Devils or Islanders.

Injuries: RW Valeri Nichushkin (groin/hip), D Sergei Gonchar (ankle) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm laceration) are out.

About the Devils

The Devils (3-2-1) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers at Prudential Center on Tuesday. The Devils had a 3-1 third period lead, but the Rangers scored twice on the power play to tie and then won on a Kevin Klein goal at 2:42 of the extra period.

The Devils are winless in their last three games (0-2-1) and have given up five power play goals on 12 shorthanded opportunities during that stretch.

“If we're going to give up two power play goals a night, it's going to be hard to win," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said.

New Jersey will try to get back on track Friday against the Stars.

“They are real similar to some of the teams we’ve played here recently,” DeBoer told reporters Thursday. “A lot of skill on their forward lines like the Rangers, Washington, San Jose. They are as dynamic a group of forwards maybe there are in the league with Benn, Spezza and Seguin and then Cole and Hemsky. A lot of speed and a lot of skill. We’re going to have to be smart, play a tight game. It’s going to be a real workmanlike effort to keep them contained.”

Forward Martin Havlat (facial laceration) did not practice for a second straight day on Thursday. He is questionable for Friday.

Cory Schneider will start in goal.

The Devils will honor former goaltender and long-time broadcaster Glenn “Chico” Resch prior to the game.

Injuries: F Martin Havlat (facial laceration) is questionable. F Jordin Tootoo (foot) is out.

Series Notes

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

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

*The Devils were 2-0-0 (4 points) vs. the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 50-40-10 all-time vs. New Jersey.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-0-1 in their last four games.

*The Devils are 0-2-1 in their last three games.

*Dallas is 2-1-0 on the road.

*The Devils are 0-1-1 at home.

*Dallas is 5-21 (23.8 percent) on the power play.

*New Jersey is 6-23 (26.1 percent) on the power play.

*Dallas is 19-25 (76.0 percent) on the penalty kill.

*New Jersey is 21-28 (72.4 percent) on the penalty kill.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (5) and points (10).

*Mike Cammalleri leads the Devils in goals (5) and points (7).

*Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is 7-3-0 in his career vs. the Stars with a 2.11 goals against average and .930 save percentage.

This story was not subject to the 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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