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Preview: Islanders vs. Stars

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (21-13-5) VS. DALLAS STARS (28-8-4)

5 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDERWNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM

FIVE THINGS:

1. SEGUIN AND BENN:

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are the NHL’s most prolific partners, combining for 102 points already this season. Benn, the NHL’s reigning scoring leader hasn’t missed a beat and leads the league with 24 goals this year. Seguin is one behind his linemate, with 23 goals and the pair are second and third in league scoring, respectively. No other pair of teammtes come close in terms of scoring. The second highest duo is Chicago's Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin with 90 points combined, 12 back of Seguin and Benn. They are two of the most dynamic players in the game today. 

2. SHOOTING STARS:

It’s been an absolute dream start for the Dallas Stars, who are first in the NHL with 60 points and 139 goals. Seguin and Benn grab the headlines, but the Stars have four players in the top 30 in NHL scoring. Defenseman John Klingberg has 34 points (5G, 30A) while offseason acquisition Patrick Sharp has 33 points (15G, 18A). The Stars are 6-2-2 in their last 10, but are coming off of a 3-2 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. 


3. TAVARES SCORING: 

John Tavares scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season Saturday, finding the back of the net for the second time in three games. The Islanders’ captain is also riding a three-game point streak, recording four points (2G, 2A) on the team’s road trip. 

4. CLUTTERBUCK LEAVES GAME: 

Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) left Saturday’s game in the first period, attempted to come back in the second, but ultimately exited the game. Jack Capuano did not offer an update on Clutterbuck after the game. 

5. SPECIAL TEAMS: 

After killing 42 straight penalties, the Islanders penalty kill has allowed goals on three of its five. The shorthanded unit faces one of the league’s best power plays in Dallas (third overall, 22.8%) featuring four of the league’s top 30 scorers. The Islanders’ penalty kill is ranked third in the league (86%).

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