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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Stars-Islanders Preview

By Mark Stepneski

Dallas Stars at New York Islanders
Thursday December 14
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (17-11-1) won for the fourth time in the last six games (4-2-0), defeating the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. Goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 34 shots to post his first NHL shutout in just his second start.

“It’s huge, it’s a lot like playoff hockey and coming into this building on this road trip, the longest one of the year for us, it’s always nice to get two points,” said Bachman, who is 2-0-0 with a 0.43 goals against average and a .986 save percentage in three appearances for the Stars this season.

Trevor Daley scored the game’s lone goal with 4:59 left in regulation. Daley has scored the last two game-winning goals for the Stars.

Bachman will get his third straight start in Thursday’s game.

D Mark Fistric will be eligible to play Thursday after serving full three-game suspension for charging Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter.

Injuries: RW Adam Burish (broken hand) and G Kari Lehtonen (groin) are out.

About the Islanders

The Islanders (9-13-6) saw their winless streak hit three games (0-2-1) with a 5-3 loss at Montreal Tuesday night. The Islanders rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the third period, but the Canadiens bounced back with two goals to get the two points.

"They battled and that's what you look for," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We're down by two goals and we kept coming, we didn't quit. Those guys aren't going to quit. There's no excuses for losing and sometimes you get sick and tired of hearing it but it was a game that I thought we at least come out with a point for sure."

D Steve Staios suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s game and is out for Thursday.

Injuries: D Steve Staios (concussion), F Nino Niederreiter (concussion), G Rick DiPietro (groin), D Mark Eaton (knee), D Andrew MacDonald (leg), F Jay Pandolfo (foot) are out.

Series notes

*This is the second of two meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars are 0-1-0 in the season series.

*The Islanders are 1-0-0 in the season series.

*December 3, at Dallas: Islanders 5, Stars 4

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won two straight on the road. It’s the first time they’ve won consecutive road games since they won three straight on the road in late October/early November.

*The Islanders are 1-3-2 in their last six home games.

*The Stars have not lost a game on Long Island since November 6, 2003 and have won three times since then.

*The Stars are 29-31 on the penalty kill (93.5%) over the last ten games.

*The Islanders are 1-15 (6.7%) on the power play over their last three games.

*Islanders forward Matt Moulson has scored nine goals in the last eight games, including four in a game against the Stars on December 3.

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has points in four of the last five games (one goal, four assists).