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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

New York Islanders at Dallas Stars


Tuesday March 3, 2015
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-26-10) are coming off a 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Sunday. The Stars and Ducks were tied 1-1 after two periods, but the Ducks scored twice in the third period to push the Stars winless streak to six games (0-4-2).

We are getting opportunities, but at the same time we are giving up odd man rushes and breakaways,” said Stars center Vernon Fiddler. “If we bury a few of our chances we may have a different outcome, but it’s been the story of the year. We can’t find a way to put teams away and find ways to get two points at the end of the night. Instead, we find ways to give points away.”

The Stars are nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Stars defensemen Trevor Daley and John Klingberg did not practice Monday. Coach Lindy Ruff said it was a maintenance day for both.

The Stars recalled D Patrik Nemeth from Texas (AHL) Monday.

The Stars were quiet on Monday as far as the NHL trade deadline. They traded F Erik Cole to Detroit for prospects and a pick on Sunday.

Injuries: C Tyler Seguin (knee), LW Travis Moen (upper body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Islanders

The Islanders (41-21-2) last played Saturday, losing 5-3 to Carolina at Nassau Coliseum. It was the eighth game in the past 13 days for the Islanders.

“[Carolina] traveled and played [the night before], so there's no excuse," Islanders captain John Tavares said. “As professionals, you've got to make sure you're ready to play and find a way to get the job done. We weren't even close tonight.”

The Islanders are currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division. They are tied with the New York Rangers at 84 points but the Rangers are in first place based on points percentage.

The Islanders traded for G Michal Neuvirth and F Tyler Kennedy prior to Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

Monday’s game begins a four-game road trip for the Islanders.

Injuries: C Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), C Casey Cizikas (lower body), RW Kyle Okposo (upper body) and LW Eric Boulton (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Islanders.

*The Islanders defeated the Stars, 7-5, in New York on Oct. 25.

*The Islanders have won three straight games against the Stars.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-4-3 in their last seven games at home.

*The Islanders are 3-1-1 in their last five on the road.

*The Stars are 6-8-3 since the All-Star break.

*The Islanders are 9-7-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 12-10-2 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 7-3-1 against the Metropolitan Division.

*The Islanders are 13-9-0 vs. the Western Conference, including 5-5-0 against the Central Division.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in five of their past seven games and are 5-21 (23.8 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Islanders have not allowed a power-play goal in eight of their past ten games and are 23-27 (85.2 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Jamie Benn leads the Stars with 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists).

*John Tavares leads the Islanders with 65 points (30 goals, 35 assists).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com 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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