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New York Islanders at Dallas Stars [Game 28 thread]

The Islanders face a stiff test in Big D.

NHL: DEC 23 Islanders at Stars Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.

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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