The New York Islanders (19-6-2) face a stiff test to kick off their southern road trip in Dallas, where the Stars are 10-4-1 at home and have only lost once since Oct. 29.
At 16-11-3, the Stars have also basically fully recovered from their dreadful 1-7-1 start to the season, and they currently hold the first wild card position out West.
Barry Trotz suggested the lineup would be the same as the 3-2 overtime win over Vegas, a game where Trotz felt the team had gotten back on its game.
“They’re similar to our last opponent. Extremely deep up front, good team speed, put a lot of pressure on you, solid goaltending.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 8, 2019
Game day updates from Trotz: pic.twitter.com/aJjBrMf5Db
Per usual he was coy on the goaltending nod, but expect Thomas Greiss in goal instead of Semyon Varlamov if the Islanders continue their season-long goalie rotation.
Meanwhile, the Flyers won again this afternoon, so they are back to just one point behind the Isles for the second home-ice spot in the Metro. The Islanders have three games in hand on Philadelphia though.
Although tonight’s game is in the Central time zone in Dallas, it will be a late 9 p.m. EST start.
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