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StarGazing - December 15th vs NY Islanders

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

THURSDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (17-11-1, 35 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
at New York Islanders (9-13-6, 24 points – 5th, Atlantic Division)
6 p.m. CT at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum


ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS:
Overall: 36-47-18
Home: 19-22-9
Away: 17-25-9
This Season: 0-1-0
12/3/11 – vs. NY Islanders, L 5-4
12/15/11 – @ NY Islanders (6 p.m. CT)


BROADCAST INFO: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and New York Islanders meet for their second and final contest of the season on Thursday night. New York won the previous contest between these two clubs 5-4 earlier this month. Four of the last five meetings between the Stars and Islanders have been one-goal affairs, with Dallas holding a 4-1-0 record in those contests.

2.  Dallas has not lost a game on Long Island since Nov. 6, 2003 (1-4 L). Since then, the Stars have played in three games at Nassau Memorial Coliseum (all wins), with two of the victories coming via overtime or shootout.

3. The Stars are set to play in their sixth set of back-to-back games on Thursday (Islanders) and Friday (Devils). Dallas has not won a back-to-back game since October, and have compiled a 2-2-1 record on the first day of a back-to-back set and a 0-5-0 record on the second day.

4. Dallas has played to four consecutive one-goal games against Eastern Conference opponents holding a 2-1-1 record against them. The Stars have the highest winning percentage in the NHL this season in one-goal affairs, earning a 10-2-1 record in these contests (.769).

5. Dallas will play their fourth contest of the five game trip on Thursday night. On the trip, the Stars face the San Jose Sharks (L), the Los Angeles Kings (W), the New York Rangers (W), the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The entire trip is over 6,500 miles, including a West Coast to East Coast swing that encompassed over 2,400 miles (and a total flight time of 4 hours, 50 minutes). The trip is the longest of the season for the Stars.

WHO TO WATCH:

ERIC NYSTROM has not scored a goal since the last meeting between the Stars and Islanders, but is tied for the team leads with 10 goals. Eric Nystrom is the son of Bob Nystrom who scored the series-deciding goal to secure the 1980 Stanley Cup for the New York Islanders.

TREVOR DALEY
has earned the game-winning goal the past two games, and is the only Dallas defenseman since Oct. 25 that has earned a game-winning/game-deciding goal.

RICHARD BACHMAN
is scheduled to make his third start of the season on Thursday night. Bachman has only allowed one goal at the NHL level in his career, earning a .987 SV% and a 0.40 GAA in four NHL appearances (75/76 saves, 150 minutes, 2-0-o record). Bachman is one of eight NHL goaltenders that are listed at under 6-foot-0.
















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