New Jersey Devils 3 at Dallas Stars 4
- Attendance: 18,114
- Three Stars: 1. Alexander Radulov 2. Taylor Hall 3. John Klingberg
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The Devils lost, 3-4 L, against Dallas at American Airlines Center to finish their season-series, 1-1-0 (first game; NJD 5 vs. DAL 2). The team is now 0-2-1 thus far on their four-game, road-trip that lasts from Dec. 30 – Jan. 7. New Jersey will travel back east to officially close-out the road trip on Sunday, Jan. 7 vs. the Islanders at Barclays Center.
Dec. 30 at WSH: 2-5 L
Jan. 2 at STL: 2-3 SO
Jan. 4 at DAL: 3-4 L
Jan. 7 at NYI:
At 0-2-2=2PTS over the past four games, Dec. 29-Jan. 4, New Jersey has matched its season-high, win-less streak (also; Nov. 3-9, 0-2-2).
Tonight was just the Devils’ sixth regulation loss on the road (10-6-4=24PTS). However, the club has collected just 8PTS in their past eight road games since Nov. 25 at DET (3-3-2). The club was 7-2-2=16PTS from Oct. 9-Nov. 25, which was tied with Winnipeg and Vancouver for the second-most, road-points in the NHL.
After tonight’s regulation loss, New Jersey is 22-11-7 through the season’s first 40 games. With just one game remaining before the team’s official halfway-mark, they are ranked second in the Metropolitan Division, third in the Eastern Conference and are eighth overall among all 31 NHL teams.
The club is 3-2-1 on the road (6-3-1 overall) against the Central Division and is 4-4-3 on the road (11-5-3 overall) against the Western Conference.
New Jersey was 2-5 on the power play tonight and were 3-4 on the penalty kill. It was the first time in the past 22 games, Nov. 12 at CHI, that NJD has scored multiple goals on the PP.
The Devils out-shot Dallas, 42-33, this evening, including by a margin of 13-7 in the final period.
Cory Schneider started in net for the Devils after backing up Kinkaid, Jan. 4 at STL. Schneider stopped 29 of 33 (.879 SV%) in the defeat. He is 8-5-3 vs. the Central Division this season with a .928 SV%.
Brian Boyle opened the scored with his 11th goal of the season, 5th PP, to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead with just 14 seconds remaing in the first period. His team-leading five power play goals (tie; T. Hall) is a new career-high for the first-year Devil. It was his first in the past four games.
Hall and Travis Zajac had the helpers on Boyle’s tally. Hall scored a late-period goal of his own with just 28 seconds remaining in the second period to bring the Devils within one, 2-3, going into the third period. Hall added another assist on Kyle Palmieri’s goal to give him his third 3PT night of the campaign. He has four-points over the last two games.
Hall’s 10 shots on goal tonight ties his previous career-high from Apr. 1, 2014 as a member of the Edmonton Oilers (EDM 4 at SJS 5).
Andy Greene and Nico Hischier had the assists on Hall’s goal. It was the captain’s first point/assist since recording three helpers in three-straight games from Dec. 14-18.
Zajac left the game during the third period after being hit with a shot and did not return.
Kyle Palmieri scored his sixth of the season late in the third period to bring the Devils within one goal. It was his fourth power play goal of the season.
Jesper Bratt and Hall assisted on Palmieri’s goal. Bratt has assists in back-to-back games.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE *all times subject to change
Saturday: Noon Practice at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center
Sunday: 9 AM Morning Skate at Barclays Center
1 PM at NY Islanders (MSG TOJN).