New Jersey Devils Game 41 Preview: vs. Dallas Stars

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 23: Jesper Bratt #63 of the New Jersey Devils and Carl Grundstrom #91 of the Los Angeles Kings fight in the first period at The Prudential Center on January 23, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Following a loss on Sunday, the New Jersey Devils look to rebound against the visiting Dallas Stars.

Tale of the Tape:

Record: 15-20-5 (35 points, 6th in Metro)

The Opponent: Dallas Stars (21-16-2) – FHN Site: Victory in Green

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Akira Schmid (0-2-0) vs. Braden Holtby (8-8-1)

Television Broadcasts: ESPN+, Hulu

Dallas Stars

The Stars handed the Philadelphia Flyers their 12th straight loss last night. Dallas was able to put a pair past Philadelphia’s Carter Hart and Joe Pavelski added an empty net goal to lead the team to a 3-1 victory. Goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 27 of 28 shots to record his 10th victory of the year.

Braden Holtby will make his 19th start of the season tonight for the Stars. The 32-year-old goaltender has an 8-8-1 record in 20 appearances with a 2.68 GAA and .913 save percentage.

The Stars announced today that center Radek Faksa will miss tonight’s game and is out until at least January 28 with an illness.

New Jersey Devils

In their last outing, the Devils could not build any momentum off of a first period that saw them score two goals. New Jersey was flat in the final two frames as they put only 15 shots on net and allowed two goals leading to a 3-2 win for the Los Angeles Kings. Devils’ goalie Jon Gillies stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss.

21-year-old Akira Schmid is expected to make his third start of the year for the Devils. Schmid has only made three appearances with New Jersey this season and has a 4.41 GAA and .851 with the big club.

The Devils announced Tuesday that goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has been placed on injured reserve with a left heel injury that he’s been playing through the entire season.

Player to Watch: Jesper Bratt

In Sunday’s game, Jesper Bratt scored two goals to reach his career-high for points in a season with 36. With 42 games left in the season, the 23-year-old could double his career high by the end of the season.

Nobody has been more consistent than Bratt this season. He’s been rolling since early November and comes into tonight’s game with 12 points in his last eight games. Expect the top line of Bratt, Jack Hughes, and Yegor Sharangovich to have another strong game tonight.

In a contract year, the fifth-year player is making a strong case for a considerable pay raise in his third contract.

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