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New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Team Record: 9-13-6

Last Game: 5-3 L @ MTL
Season Series: 1-0-0 of 2
Team Record: 17-11-1
Last Game: 1-0 W @ NYR
Season Series: 0-1-0 of 2
PA Parenteau
The Islanders forward continues to show off his playmaking abilities, having the primary assists on both John Tavares and Matt Moulson's goals against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. The Isles first-line winger leads the team with 20 assists and is now tied for first in points (24) with Tavares.

"You want to be the guy contributing as much as you can," Parenteau said. "Night in and night out, if you can make a difference by scoring or getting a few assists or playing well in your own end, that’s the point here. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job this year."

His 19:31 of ice time was most amongst Islanders forwards Tuesday night, while his four shots on goal were tied for the team lead. Though he's been putting shots on goal, he's still trying to create offense in other ways.

"I've been trying to generate a lot of offense with my passing," Parenteau said. "The two players I’m playing with, that’s probably the way I should be playing, giving the puck to these guys. Especially because they're such good shooters and finishers."
Trevor Daley
The Stars offensive success may have been kept to a minimum in their last two games, with just three goals, but Daley has played a major role in both of Dallas' low-scoring wins. In this two-game span, the Stars defenseman scored both game-winning goals and recorded an assist. 

With less than five minutes left in regulation Tuesday night against the Rangers, Daley scored the lone goal of the night, walking in on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Two nights prior, Daley had an assist on Jamie Benn's first period goal before picking up a loose blocked shot in the pocket, scoring his own goal late in the second period for the Stars win over the Kings on Saturday (2-1 final score).

In the 24 games prior, Daley had posted just 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.
The Islanders found a way to come back from a third period two-goal deficit against the Montreal Canadiens, but got caught out of position to allow the Habs game-winning goal before giving up the empty netter with 59 seconds left on the clock. Those kind of battles take heart, but those games are also must-wins in the Isles eyes.

"You have to create your own breaks, but it just seems, (Tuesday) night, we had some chances and we didn't finish," Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "(We had) 16 shots in the third, I thought we played well. But again, it's finding that way to continue to compete and not have some of the breakdowns that we had."

Islanders winger PA Parenteau said the Isles got away from what had been working for them in their six-game point streak, but is confident if they get back to that effort, they'll have no problem gaining ground in the standings.

"We have to get back to working 60 minutes," Parenteau said. "That’s what we got away from the last two games. We didn’t play bad games, but we didn’t play a full 60 minutes. That’s the difference right now. If we get back to that, make sure we don’t take any shifts off and we keep pushing on the pedal, we’ll be just fine with the team we have. A lot of players are playing well right now and there is no reason for us not to win more games than we lose."
The Dallas Stars have put together back-to-back strong defensive performances behind new goaltender Richard Bachman to give themselves a chance to come away with a winning record on their longest road trip of the season.

They don't have to look too far back to be reminded of a less-than-stellar effort against their next opponent.

Less than two weeks after losing to New York and allowing the lowest-scoring team in the NHL to match its season high in goals, Dallas looks to win three in a row on its trip Thursday night when it meets the Islanders. (Continue Reading)

Forward Matt Moulson's four-goal night catapulted the Islanders to a 5-4 win over Dallas when the Islanders and Stars last met just 12 days ago, Dec. 3, at American Airlines Center. Moulson scored his first two goals to close the first period, 2-0. Then Dylan Reese notched his first Islanders goal of the season to bring the Isles ahead 3-0 at the start of the second. The Stars then came back to score three straight (Tomas Vincour, Eric Nystrom and Jake Dowell) before a pair of Moulson goals sandwiched a goal from Tom Wandell, bringing the final score 5-4. After a seven-goal second period, the third period was scoreless.
Date of
DiPietro 12/03 Groin strain 4 out indef. (IR)
Eaton 11/21 Knee 10 6 weeks (IR)
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 28 out indef. (IR)
MacDonald 11/29 Right leg 6 2-4 weeks (IR)
Niederreiter 12/03 Concussion 4 No timetable
Pandolfo 11/26 Broken foot 7 4-6 weeks (IR)
Power Play %: 17.0%
Penalty Kill %: 80.6%
Home Record: 6-7-3
Road Record: 3-6-3
Goals For: 65
Goals Against: 93
Power Play %: 15.0%
Penalty Kill %: 83.9%
Home Record: 9-4-1
Road Record: 8-7-0
Goals For: 74
Goals Against: 78
(Answer from 12/13: 23 games. Resch went 15-0-8 before losing to the New York Rangers on Jan. 17, 1979.)
Check out the Islanders depth chart. Head Coach Jack Capuano said that Kevin Poulin will make his season debut, Al Montoya backs up, and Calvin de Haan will make his NHL debut paired with Dylan Reese.

Stars (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Eriksson-Benn-Ryder, Morrow-Ribeiro-Ott, Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak, Dowell-Wandell-Vincour

Souray-Robidas, Grossman-Daley, Fistric-Larsen

Raycroft, Bachman

Expected scratches:
Goligoski, Pardy, Petersen

Islanders forward PA Parenteau: "It definitely would have been nice to get the win in front of all my friends and family. We showed a lot of character battling back from 3-1. Games like that you hope to at least get a point out of it, when you battle so hard to make it 3-3. Their empty net goal, that was tough to swallow last night. We have a game (tonight) to redeem ourselves; hopefully we can get it done."

Cory Wright contributed to this report
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