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Preview: Stars take on Islanders in final game of homestand

Ben Bishop in goal as Dallas looks for a sixth win in its last seven home games

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
New York Islanders at Dallas Stars 

Friday, November 10 
7:30 p.m.  
TV: FOX Sports Southwest  
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


About the Stars

The Stars (8-7-0) lost 4-1 to Winnipeg at American Airlines Monday. The Stars gave up a goal 26 seconds into the game and were down 3-0 after the first period. It was the Stars' second loss to Winnipeg in a five-day span and both time the Jets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

"We got scored on in the first shift, and it's embarrassing. There's no excuse," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "They did that to us last game in their building. We needed to come out and make a statement and bounce back, and we definitely did not do that."

The loss snapped a five-game home winning streak for the Stars.

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock is expected to juggle his forward lines for Friday's game. He broke up his top line of Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov in practice. Benn has been centering Gemel Smith and Radulov, and Seguin has been centering Mattias Janmark and Devin Shore.

"We just feel right now that we are playing at a high level and not being able to beat the big boys. And in order to beat the big boys, I feel like if we get more people participating it will give us a better opportunity," Hitchcock said.

Defenseman Marc Methot (lower body) has not practiced the past two days. He is doubtful for Friday's game. Forwards Radek Faksa (lower body), Tyler Pitlick (upper body), and Brett Ritchie (upper body) all are expected to take part in Friday's morning skate, but it's not clear if they'll play. The Stars may need to call up a forward from the AHL.

Ben Bishop will get the start in goal Friday.

Friday's game concludes a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: C Radek Faksa (lower body), RW Tyler Pitlick (upper body), RW Brett Ritchie (upper body), and D Marc Methot (lower body) all are day to day.


About the Islanders

The Islanders (8-5-2) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Shortly after the Islanders couldn't cash in on a chance in overtime, Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored to give Edmonton the extra point.

"It's a sour taste in your mouth, but we played well, we really cleaned up defensively against a good team," Islanders coach Doug Weight told the team's official site. "It was a great play, a great shot. That's what overtime is, it goes from a grade-A opportunity to a bounce off a skate and then the other team gets a chance."

The Islanders have picked up points in all seven home games this season (5-0-2). They are 6-2-1 in their last nine games overall.

Forward Nikolay Kulemin left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The Islanders recalled forward Alan Quine who had been on a conditioning assignment in the AHL.

Friday's game opens a two-game road trip for the Islanders.

Injuries: D Adam Pelech (upper body) is day to day. F Shane Prince (ankle) and F Nikolay Kulemin (upper body) are out.


Season Series
  • This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Islanders this season.

  • The Stars were 0-2-0 against the Islanders last season.

  • The Stars have lost six of their last eight games against the Islanders (2-6-0).


Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 5-2-0 at home.

  • The Islanders are 3-5-0 on the road.

  • The Stars are 3-0-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

  • The Islanders are 6-3-2 vs. the Western Conference including 2-1-1 against the Central Division.

  • The Islanders rank third in the NHL in goal scoring (3.60/game).

  • The Stars are tied for 19th in goal scoring (2.80/game).

  • The Stars rank 14th in goals against (2.87/game).

  • The Islanders rank 20th in goals against (3.13/game).

  • The Stars rank first on the power play (31.8 percent) and fourth on the penalty kill (86.5 percent).

  • The Islanders rank ninth on the power play (21.1 percent) and 12th on the penalty kill (82.0 percent).

  • Jamie Benn (eight goals, seven assists), Tyler Seguin (eight goals, seven assists), and John Klingberg (three goals, 12 assists) co-lead the Stars with 15 points.

  • John Tavares (12 goals, six assists) and Josh Bailey (three goals, 15 assists) co-lead the Islanders with 18 points.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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