ISLANDERS (41-21-2) at STARS (27-26-10)
TV: MSG+, FS-SW
Season series: Frans Nielsen earned his first NHL hat trick to spark the New York Islanders to a 7-5 win against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 25. Anders Lee added his first goal of the season and Chad Johnson made 26 saves for the Islanders. Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an assist for the Stars.
Islanders team scope: New York did not stand pat at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline. The Islanders on Monday acquired goalie Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres for Johnson and a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, and forward Tyler Kennedy from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional third-round pick in 2016. In addition, forward Cory Conacher was sent to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Dustin Jeffrey and goalie David Leggio was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Mark Louis. Forward Mikhail Grabovski (upper body) remains off the ice, but forward Casey Cizikas (lower body) may join the Islanders on their four-game road trip, according to Newsday. New York is on pace to win more than 50 games and break 100 points for the first time since 1983-84. Center John Tavares' 30 goals are one short of his career-high set in 2011-12.
Stars team scope: Losers of six straight and nine points out of the second Western Conference wild-card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 19 games remaining, Dallas made no further trades on deadline day after sending forward Erik Cole and a conditional third-round pick in the 2015 draft to the Detroit Red Wings for two prospects and a second-round pick in 2015 on Sunday. "We didn't have too much really going on," general manager Jim Nill said. The Stars will hold morning skate Tuesday at their practice facility instead of American Airlines Center, where they're 12-13-8. "Yeah, [it's something to] change it up," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I don't like our home record. In fact, I'm embarrassed with our home record." Defensemen Trevor Daley and John Klingberg each took maintenance days Monday and are expected to face the Islanders. Forwards Curtis McKenzie and Brett Richie were assigned to Texas of the American Hockey League. Defenseman Patrik Nemeth was recalled from Texas.