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Stars-Islanders Preview

New York Islanders at Dallas Stars

Saturday December 3

7:30 p.m.

TV: TXA 21

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (15-9-1) improved to 4-1-1 over their last six games with a 3-2 victory over Ottawa at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Radek Dvorak scored to tie the game with 5:34 remaining and Eric Nystrom tallied the game-winner with 2:20 left in the game.

“Games are 60 minutes,” said Nystrom, who scored his 9th goal of the season. “They scored one but there was still plenty of time left and we popped a couple of late ones. That’s the character we have on our team. We are never going to give up until that final buzzer goes. We’ve won games like this and this is just another example of it.”

Andrew Raycroft, who stopped 33 shots in Thursday’s victory, will start Saturday against the Islanders.

Injuries: LW Brenden Morrow, G Kari Lehtonen (groin), D Trevor Daley (back), D Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and RW Adam Burish (broken hand) are out.

About the Islanders

The Islanders (7-11-5) lost 5-4 in a shootout at Chicago Friday night. The Islanders overcame 3-2 and 4-3 deficits in the game, and outshot the Blackhawks 23-7 in the third period.

“It was a great game,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. “We came out in the third period and all of a sudden we had 30 shots on goal for the game. We came back. We gave up the lead and we came back, so overall I was really happy with our performance. We did a good job and got to the skills competition.”

The Islanders are 2-0-1 in the first three games of their four-game road trip.

Injuries: D Andrew MacDonald (leg) is day-to-day. D Mark Eaton (knee), G Evgeni Nabokov (groin) and F Jay Pandolfo (broken foot) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Islanders this season.

*The Stars won last season’s only meeting, topping the Islanders 5-4 in a shootout in New York.

*The Stars are 36-46-18 all-time against the Islanders.

Statistical tidbits

*Eric Nystrom (4) and Radek Dvorak (2) have scored 6 of the Stars’ last 9 goals.

*Islanders forward Matt Molson has goals in three straight games.

*The Stars are 17-18 (94.4%) on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*The Islanders are 10-11 on the penalty kill over the last three games.

*The Islanders are 3-8 on the power play over their last two games.

*The Islanders allowed their first shorthanded goal of the season Friday, leaving Dallas, Boston and the New York Rangers as the only three teams in the league that have not allowed a shorthanded goal.

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders