New York Islanders (29-22-10) at Dallas Stars (25-28-10)
8:30 p.m., American Airlines Center
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Islanders Stand Pat At Trade Deadline:
The NHL trade deadline came and went on Wednesday without the New York Islanders making a move.
The Islanders kept their surging roster intact, standing pat on deadline day or in the days leading up to it. The Islanders are 14-6-2 in their last 22 games, vaulting from last in the Eastern Conference to one point out of a playoff spot.
While the Islanders didn't bring in any outside NHL help, the team is expecting players like Travis Hamonic and Cal Clutterbuck - both of whom practiced on Wednesday - to return shortly, bolstering the lineup. Shane Prince also practiced and is nearing a return. Check Twitter around 11:45 a.m. CT (12:45 p.m. ET) for the latest lineup notes.
Islanders Recall Ho-Sang, Will Play
Josh Ho-Sang will make his NHL debut on Thursday night in Dallas. The Islanders 2014 first-round pick joined the team in Texas on Wednesday, capping off a two-day period that saw him yo-yo between the Isles and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Ho-Sang was named the AHL's Player of the Month for February, amassing 15 points (5G, 10A) in 12 games. Ho-Sang has 36 points (10G, 26A) in 48 games during his rookie season in the AHL.
Interim Coach Doug Weight suggested that Ho-Sang could play with Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson.
Video: Islanders Recall Ho-Sang
Road Trip Resumes:
The Islanders are embarking on the second leg of their nine-game road trip, resuming the cross-continental trek after a brief three-day stop at home.
The Islanders play back-to-back games over the next two days, starting Thursday night in Dallas, before playing Friday night in Chicago.
The Isles went 2-1-0 in the first three games of their trip, most recently falling 7-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
"I took everything I had to away from that game," Weight said. "Those games happen… We're a better team than that and we can learn from it."
Dallas Makes Moves At Deadline:
The Dallas Stars were active at the NHL trade deadline, trading away four regular players.
Lauri Korpikoski was dealt to Columbus for Dillon Heatherington, defenseman Johnny Odyua was traded to Chicago for minor league forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Dallas also traded defenseman Jordie Benn to Montreal for Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick and and forward Patrick Eaves to Anaheim for a conditional second-round pick.
Dallas was rumored to be shopping Patrick Sharp, but injury concerns hampered any potential trade. Stars General Manager Jim Nill told the Stars' official website that Sharp will eventually need season-ending surgery.
"He's been playing injured for quite a while," Nill said. "He will require season-ending surgery here eventually where he's going to keep playing as long as he can. We're going to keep monitoring it kind of game-by-game, then we'll make that decision, but he will require season-ending surgery, so that's the reason he was not traded."
Dallas' seller status comes as the Stars sit seven points back of St. Louis for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Two other teams - LA and Winnipeg - stand between Dallas and St. Louis. The Stars are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games.