Preview: Stars at Devils
New Jersey fell to 0-2-1 in its last three contests with a 3-2 overtime loss to Metropolitan Division-rival Philadelphia on Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr notched an assist for his 1,723th point - tying him with former Pittsburgh teammate and Hall-of-Famer Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list. Jagr relinquished the team lead in goals to Michael Ryder, who netted his 14th of the season with 30 seconds remaining in the third period.
TV: 6 p.m., FSN Southwest (Dallas), MSG Plus (New Jersey)
About the Stars (20-15-7)
Captain Jamie Benn has been red-hot of late, recording six goals and three assists in his last nine games. That surge has catapulted him to 39 points - just four shy of Tyler Seguin for the team lead. Seguin has recorded both a goal and an assist in three of his last seven games asDallas attempts to work its way into contention in the Western Conference.
About the Devils (17-18-9)
Cory Schneider's record (5-9-5) leaves a bit to be desired, but the mark would be significantly better if New Jersey could give him just a bit of offensive support. The 27-year-old owns an impressive 2.13 goals-against average and .914 save percentage but has seen his team muster just 10 goals in his last six starts (1-4-1). Schneider, who gets the nod on Thursday, stopped 20-of-22 shots in his last outing - a 2-1 setback to Buffalo on Saturday.
Superior’s Mike Sislo will be playing in his fourth game since being called up from Albany. The right wing has been playing a regular shift on the fourth line and had one shot on goal in the Devils’ OT loss to the Flyers.
1. New Jersey C Adam Henrique has scored four goals in his last six games.
2. Dallas C Rich Peverley has five assists in his last four games after recording 16 points in his previous 37 contests.
3. The Devils placed C Jacob Josefson (illness) on injured reserve and claimed D Alexander Urbom off waivers from Washington.
PREDICTION: Stars 2, Devils 1