The New York Islanders travel to Dallas on Tuesday night to take on the Stars. The Islanders need to keep pace in the Metropolitan Division race as they currently trail the Rangers for 1st place with 84 points a piece but the Islanders have 2 more games played.
Dallas made no moves at the trade deadline to improve, instead went the other direction as they traded away Erik Cole to Detroit for a pair of prospects. They are in last place in the Central Division and it appears as though they are waving the white flag. The Stars are also without one of their top goal scorers in Tyler Seguin who is still recovering from a knee injury. They are 0-4-2 in their last 6 games. Lehtonen will get the start today but he has allowed 14 goals during an 0-1-2 stretch. The Stars also have a very poor home record going just 12-13-8 in 33 games.
The Islanders will come into this game hungry as they opened a four game road trip with a 5-3 loss to Carolina on Saturday. They will need to stay out of the penalty box as they own the league's worst penalty kill at 74.4%. Jarolsav Halak will get the start in net and has won 7 of his last 9 starts. John Tavares has been red hot as he has 14 points in his last 9 games and is tied for the NHL lead in points with 65. The Islanders are 28-10 in their last 38 vs a team with a losing record and are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings vs the Stars. Dallas is 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. Play the New York Islanders (-130)