Todd Cordell: G31 Devils @ Stars: Battle Of Conflicting Styles

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Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up – New Jersey Devils (11-14-5) @ Dallas Stars (10-13-5) Road/Home records – 8-10-1 ————– 5-6-5 TV – MSG+, FS-SW Puck drop – 8:30 p.m. ET Season series – 1-0 Stars Last 10 – New Jersey: 2-5-3 ——- Dallas: 4-5-1 Projected starting goalies – Cory Schneider vs Kari Lehtonen Projected lines for the Stars via DailyFaceoff.com:

Jamie Benn – Jason Spezza – Tyler Seguin

Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ales Hemsky

Curtis McKenzie – Travis Moen – Erik Cole

Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg

Jyrki Jokipakka – Trevor Daley

Jordie Benn – Jason Demers

Injured: Patrick Eaves, Patrik Nemeth, Valeri Nichushkin. Projected lines for the Devils:

Martin Havlat – Scott Gomez – Jaromir Jagr

Mike Cammalleri – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder

Tuomo Ruutu – Jacob Josefson – Mike Sislo

Jordin Tootoo – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier

Andy Greene – Damon Severson

Jon Merrill – Marek Zidlicky

Eric Gelinas – Pete Harrold

Injured: Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias, Ryane Clowe, Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador.

Game notes:

– This game will interesting as it’s two teams with completely different styles. New Jersey plays a low-event game and they struggle to score (and don’t allow many goals) while Dallas plays an up-tempo style and fill the net with regularity, but struggle even more so to keep pucks out. Whatever team gets the first goal and forces the other to play their style will probably come out on top so the first goal is key.

– Including all game situations (power plays, penalty kills, etc.) New Jersey has allowed a hair less than 100 more shot attempts than they’ve taken over the last three games. It’s hard to win when you’re getting outshot by a significant margin on a nightly basis so they’ll need to a) generate more offense and; b) tighten things up defensively.

– New Jersey has lost two of three despite having almost .950SV% goaltender in that span. They need Schneider to play well, but it doesn’t really matter what he does tonight if they can’t score.

– The Devils will have to pay special attention to the Stars top line. It’s as lethal as it gets and it looks like Spezza will center Benn and Sequin, so that line contains three elite offensive talents. New Jersey will need to play them tight and force them to get rid of the puck before they want to, because if they have time/space it won’t end well. Recent posts Trending Downwards Hotstove: which player has been the biggest surprise? Hotstove: which player has been the biggest disappointment? Power Rankings: Pens remain on top; Hawks right behind Hotstove: Should Paul MacLean have been fired? Hotstove: who will finish last?

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