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New York begins three-game road trip; Dallas has won eight of past nine at home

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (19-6-2) at STARS (16-11-3)

9 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will go for their ninth win in 10 home games when they host the New York Islanders at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

The Stars are 8-1-0 at home since Oct. 29 and 10-4-1 at home this season. Their 10 home victories are the most in the Western Conference.

The Islanders, who begin a three-game road trip, are 3-3-0 in their past six games after setting a team record with a 17-game point streak (15-0-2). They defeated the Vegas Golden knights 3-2 in overtime on Thursday. Ryan Pulock scored the game-winning goal and Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves.

Dallas ended a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) with a 3-2 overtime win at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Joe Pavelski scored the winning goal and Ben Bishop made 36 saves. 


Players to watch

Islanders forward Josh Bailey has five assists in a four-game point streak.

Bishop is 7-1-1 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in his past 10 starts.


They said it

"I think Dallas is playing very well. There's a similar trend in all of the teams we're going to see with Dallas, Florida, and Tampa Bay. They've got high-end forwards and a very active defense. The teams that we play can turn nothing into something very quickly. We have to make sure that we're managing pucks, being on the right side of people, and playing smart hockey." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz on the upcoming three-game road trip

"When you have a team that defends like that, you know you're not going to get a ton of great scoring chances. You have to be patient and not get frustrated with the game because that's what we try to do. We stick with it defensively for 60 minutes and it frustrates the other team's top players. We can't let that get to us. We have to work to get to their net, make them defend harder than usual, and maybe it will work to our advantage to tire them out defensively." -- Stars forward Jason Dickinson on the Islanders


Islanders projected lineup

Ross Johnston -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Leo Komarov

Anders Lee -- Derick Brassard -- Jordan Eberle

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Michael Dal Colle, Noah Dobson

Injured: None


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Mattias Janmark

Joe Pavelski -- Roope Hintz -- Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Denis Gurianov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)


Status report

The Islanders sent center Otto Koivula to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Radulov will play after being a healthy scratch on Thursday.


Stat pack

Barzal has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games. … The Stars are 5-for-16 (31.3 percent) on the power play in their past six games.

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