Pregame 1/12: Islanders at Stars

The Islanders play the 3rd of their 6 game road trip tonight in Dallas against the Stars  coming off a 2-1 overtime win on Friday night in Colorado. This is the second and final meeting between the two teams this season as the Islanders defeated the Stars 7-3 last Monday night at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are looking for their 7th straight victory on the road.

Last Time Out

Islanders (17-22-7); 41 points, last in Metropolitan: Won 2-1 on Friday night in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche.

Stars (20-17-7); 47 points, 5th in Central: On Friday they lost 3-2 on the road against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Stars have lost their last 5 games.

Key Opposing Players

Forwards

Jamie Benn

Tyler Seguin

Shawn Horcoff

Ray Whitney

Defensemen

Alex Goligoski

Goaltender

Kari Lehtonen

Islanders Key to Victory

The Islanders have won 6 straight games away from home and they are currently on a season high 3 game winning streak. It is important for the team to remain focused each shift especially tonight against a struggling Stars team looking to end their losing streak as they come home.

The play on special teams needs to continue as the Islanders power play has converted 9/20 chances. Improvements on the penalty kill have been shown and that needs to keep getting better each game. Kevin Poulin filling in as the top goaltender needs to continue his strong play and prove that he can be someone that coach Jack Capuano can depend on the rest of the season especially when Evgeni Nabokov returns.

Tonight’s game can be seen on MSG Plus and on the radio at 88.7 FM or 103.9 FM. Radio voice Chris King will be calling the game on TV again tonight with Butch Goring filling in for Howie Rose while Greg Picker and Rob Joyce are on the radio broadcast.

-John Santamaria

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