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#19 N.Y. Islanders Islanders 5 vs.
#20 Dallas Stars -155
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 9:05pm EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having stopped a four-game losing streak with a victory against Winnipeg, the Dallas Stars (4th in Central Division) are hosting the New York Islanders (2nd in Metropolitan), who have won three of their last four outings…

Isles Beat Vegas In OT

The New York Islanders (19-6-2) went 11-0-1 in their last 12 domestic contests after snatching a 3-2 overtime victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Ryan Pulock (4 goals, 14 points this year) banked the power-play winner with 1:40 remaining in the extra session after Cal Clutterbuck (3 goals, 7 points this year) and Brock Nelson (9 goals, 21 points) gave the Isles 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the second and third periods respectively. New York is 3-1-0 in its past four fixtures and 7-4-1 when traveling on the road.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves versus Vegas, taking his current performance status to 9-3-2 for the year with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has recorded a 15-7-2 career total versus Dallas with a 2.95 GAA and a .910 save percentage, while Thomas Greiss (10-3-0 on the season with a 2.18 GAA and a .931 save percentage) has gone 5-2-0 against the Stars previously with a 2.82 GAA and a .895 save percentage. The Islanders are 13th in least goals scored per game (2.89), 3rd in least goals conceded on average (2.41), 18th in power play (18.5%) and 11th in penalty kill (83.8%).

Stars End A Losing Streak

A four-game losing run (0-3-1) finally came to an end for the Dallas Stars (16-11-3), who overcame the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-2 overtime score at American Airlines Center on Thursday, thus starting a four-game homestand on a positive note. Joe Pavelski (6 goals, 13 points this year) buried the power-play winner at 2:02 of the extra session after the Jets scored twice in the third period to force the bonus hockey, netting the 2-2 equalizer with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Jamie Benn (6 goals, 15 points) and Denis Gurianov (5 goals, 9 points) also lit the lamp for the Stars, who were riding a 12-game point streak ahead of their recent skid (11-0-1). They are 10-4-1 when playing in Texas this season.

Goalie Ben Bishop stopped 36 shots versus Winnipeg and has now gone 10-6-2 for the rolling year with a 2.19 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He is 8-4-1 against the New York Islanders in past encounters with a 2.55 GAA and a .906 save percentage. The Stars, meanwhile, are scoring the 6th lowest amount of goals per game (2.60), while allowing the 4th lowest quantity on the defensive end (2.43). They are 23rd in power play with a 16.3% success rate and 8th in penalty kill with 84.5% efficiency.

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The Stars have responded well to their recent four-game losing run, delivering a solid performance against the Winnipeg Jets in their previous fixture. So, they will definitely be looking to improve even further when hosting the Islanders, having already won eight of their past nine domestic fixtures. As good as Dallas is on own ice, the story is completely different when it comes to the Isles playing on the road. New York is sitting 2nd in the Metropolitan Division largely due to its excellent form at home, but has managed to triumph on just one of its past five travels. Visiting Texas will not prove easy for the Islanders, who have already dropped three of their previous four overall decisions against the Stars.

Prediction: Dallas Stars (-150)

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Not a lot of goals have been scored in this series when the action has switched to Dallas, with four of the last five meetings between the pair at American Airlines Center delivering no more than five strikes on the scoresheet. So, expecting another low-scoring game is definitely quite a realistic proposition. Four of the previous five road contests of the Islanders have already witnessed just a minimal amount of goals, averaging just four snipes per contest, while four of the past five outings of the Stars against the Metropolitan Division have all ended on the low-scoring side.

Prediction: Under 5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...