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Islanders vs. Stars: New era begins [Game #46 thread]

The Islanders return home from a terrible trip to find a new coach under the tree.

New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens
Hey, I remember those guys!
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All the reactions and the words have flowed, now it’s time to get down to business.

Patrick Roy makes his still-shocking debut as New York Islanders head coach tonight vs. the Dallas Stars, who are 27-13-5 after thumping the Devils in Newark last night.

Not a lot can be changed by a coach in one day and a morning skate, but we’ll surely see a pep in the Islanders’ step after the outwardly passionate Roy takes over.

The Isles are 19-15-11 after a 0-3-1 road trip continued another January slide that cost Lane Lambert his job. The attempt to climb out of that hole begins tonight, under new management.