Todd Cordell: G7 Stars @ Devils: Avoiding .500


Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up – Dallas Stars (3-1-2) @ New Jersey Devils (3-2-1) Road/Home records – 2-1-0 ————– 0-1-1 TV – FS-SW, MSG Plus Puck drop – 7:00 p.m. ET Projected starting goalies – Kari Lehtonen vs Cory Schneider Projected lines for the Stars via DailyFaceoff:

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Colton Sceviour

Erik Cole – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky

Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt

Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Curtis McKenzie

Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley

Jordie Benn – Brendan Dillon

Jamie Oleksiak – Kevin Connauton

Injured: Valeri Nichushkin, Sergei Gonchar, Patrick Nemeth. Projected lines for the Devils:

Dainius Zubrus – Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr

Mike Cammalleri – Patrik Elias – Damien Brunner

Ryane Clowe – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder

Tuomo Ruutu – Stephen Gionta – Jacob Josefson

Andy Greene – Damon Severson

Bryce Salvador – Marek Zidlicky

Jon Merrill – Eric Gelinas

Game notes:

– After an average performance in a losing effort, Adam Larsson will sit in place of Eric Gelinas. If he wants to separate himself and remain in the lineup on a regular basis he’ll need to be better than he has been this season.

– Mike Cammalleri had a few great scoring opportunities, but couldn’t convert on any and didn’t register a point against the Rangers. If he goes another couple games without producing I’d expect him to move back up to the top line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.

– Both teams have good power plays and both teams have struggled mightily on the penalty kill thus far, so staying disciplined will be extremely important.

– Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have combined for 18 points in six games after both of them went pointless in their first two games. They’re about as good of a duo as you’ll see, so you can expect Pete DeBoer to try and match the Zajac line and Greene-Severson pairing against them as much as he can.

– Jordin Tootoo hasn’t been very good this year, and he’ll miss the next two games with a lower-body injury. Jacob Josefson will play in his place, and if he performs he could very well solidify a roster spot for himself. On top of 4th line duties, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some PK time.

– Cory Schneider has allowed 12 goals in his last three stars, and has a sub .900SV% in that span. Obviously it’s not necessarily all his fault, but he has to be better. Recent posts On T.J. Brodie’s five-year extension Nathan Horton’s back injury may be career threatening Takeaways from week two of the season Where is the best fit for Tyler Myers? Stanley Cup predictions

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