ISLANDERS (8-5-2) at STARS (8-7-0)
8:30 p.m. ET; FW-SW, MSG+, NHL.TV
In a move designed to generate more offense throughout the lineup, the Dallas Stars will split up their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov .
Benn, traditionally a left wing, will move to center on a line with Radulov and Gemel Smith. Seguin will center a line with Mattias Janmark and Devin Shore.
Alan Quine will make his season debut for the New York Islanders after getting recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Quine is expected to center the third line with Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier.
Players to watch
Islanders forward Josh Bailey had a nine-game point streak end in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. He has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in his past 10 games.
Radulov has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak.
They said it
"I think we were playing with a little more pace in all three zones. I think we created just as much as we had been when we were getting four or five goals in three or four games in a row. That's good news to me. The Edmonton game was a well-goaltended game, and when I look at the final ledger I'm still happy." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight, on concerns about the offense after a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday
"We all should know how to play every position in this League. Left wing and center, it's not much of a change. You're just playing low in the defensive zone, and even as a winger you find yourself down there in a game. Probably just getting used to taking every face-off now and face-offs on my weak side." -- Stars forward Jamie Benn on playing center
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey
Brock Nelson -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Anthony Beauvillier
Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan -- Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock
Scratched: Dennis Seidenberg
Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (wrist), Adam Pelech (upper body)
Stars projected lineup
Gemel Smith -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Devin Shore
Remi Elie -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Spezza
Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn
Jamie Oleksiak -- Stephen Johns
Scratched: Curtis McKenzie, Jason Dickinson
Injured: Tyler Pitlick (upper body), Marc Methot (lower body)
Kulemin is out with a wrist injury sustained against the Oilers on Tuesday. … Methot will miss his first game of the season and Oleksiak will re-enter the lineup as a defenseman for the first time since Oct. 30. He played forward in a loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Faksa will play after sitting out Monday because of a lower-body injury. Ritchie had missed the previous three games because of an upper-body injury. Pitlick was put on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 4.
Tavares has 15 points (10 goals, five assists in his past eight games. Barzal has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) during a six-game point streak. … Spezza has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 36 career games against the Islanders.