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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 18,134

Stars happy to be home vs. Devils

New Jersey Devils at Dallas Stars

  1. Dallas has taken points in seven straight home games against New Jersey, compiling a 5-0-2 record on home ice against NJ since the 2011-12 season. Since the 2004-05 lockout season, Dallas has gone 8-1-2 at home against the Devils, but 3-7-1 on the road against NJ.
  2. Dallas won its last game, 3-1, the team's 10th game this season holding an opponent to one or no goals, tied with Boston for most in the NHL. Dallas has scored two power-play goals in two straight games, one of three teams with multiple games of multiple power-play goals in December (Coyotes, Oilers).
  3. New Jersey lost to Nashville on Saturday, 6-4, the Devils' fourth time this season scoring at least four goals in a loss, tied with Toronto for most in the NHL. The Devils have allowed 18 goals in December, second most in the NHL (Sharks, 19).
  4. Taylor Hall has scored a goal in two straight games, the same number of goals he scored in his previous 16 games. Hall's 3.7 shots on goal per game rank ninth in the NHL this season, but all eight players ahead of him have at least 11 goals, compared to Hall's six.
  5. Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist on Saturday, but his 17 points through 30 games are his fewest through 30 games in any season of his career. Prior to this season, his fewest through 30 games was 20 points, done in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
  6. Miro Heiskanen is on a three-game point streak after going five games without a point, and his four points in December are twice as many as only other Stars player. One of his two career multi-goal games came in his last matchup against the Devils.

American Airlines Center has proven to be a safe haven for the Dallas Stars this season.

The Stars look to continue their torrid play at home on Tuesday when they host the reeling New Jersey Devils, who are mired in a five-game winless skid (0-4-1).

Dallas followed what coach Jim Montgomery called the team's "worst game of the year" -- a 5-1 setback in Winnipeg on Dec. 3 -- by opening a four-game homestand with a flourish. The Stars posted a 3-2 overtime win over the Jets on Thursday and then earned a 3-1 triumph versus the New York Islanders two nights later, boosting the club's mark to 9-1-0 in the past 10 home games while elevating its home win total to Western Conference-best 11 on the season.

A potent power play of late has propelled Dallas, which has converted four times with the man advantage in the past two games to improve its efficiency to 18.2 percent on the season.

"Players are moving the puck and have an attack mindset," Montgomery said. "You want to put their players on their heels."

Alexander Radulov had a hand in both power-play goals against the Islanders, scoring late in the first period to stake the Stars to a 2-0 lead before setting up Denis Gurianov's tally early in the second.

"Whenever you can get him the puck, good things can happen," Mattias Janmark said of Radulov, who has done most of his damage in Dallas. The 33-year-old Russian has recorded seven of his nine goals and 12 of his 17 points on the season at home.

Fellow forward Tyler Seguin has followed suit, with a significant portion of his team-leading totals in assists (17) and points (23) being posted at home (11 and 13, respectively).

Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen carries a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists) into Tuesday's tilt versus New Jersey.

The Devils opened their four-game road trip with a 6-4 setback in Nashville on Saturday, an all-too-familiar result for interim head coach Alain Nasreddine.

"The energy, style of play is there, but a lot of the same mental mistakes," Nasreddine said. "We have to find a way to get better. There's a lot of things we aren't doing in order to be winning more games.

"A lot of guys showed up. A lot of good responses, that's what we'll take out of it. We'll work on some things, get better. We'll find a way."

Alternate captain Travis Zajac and fellow forward Blake Coleman were a bit more direct in their assessments of what is causing the Devils to be undone.

"You still need some smarts to win in this league, and I still think parts of our game are immature," Zajac said, per NorthJersey.com. "That's just killing us right now."

"Too many high-danger chances against," Coleman added. "You're going to give up a couple, and you can live with that because your goalie can bail you out now and again."

Taylor Hall has scored a goal in consecutive contests and set up two others during his three-game point streak. The former Hart Trophy recipient leads the team in assists (19) and points (25).

--Field Level Media

Updated December 10, 2019

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