National Hockey League
Dallas at NY Islanders
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

John Tavares and the New York Islanders have jumped out of the blocks in a hurry, and Saturday's date with the visiting Dallas Stars may not slow them down. The captain recorded a hat trick in New York's 7-3 victory over Dallas on Jan. 6 before scoring the go-ahead goal with 1:24 remaining in the third period of a 4-2 triumph six days later. Tavares hasn't done too bad for himself this season, collecting his team-leading eighth assist and 11th point in the Islanders' 3-2 victory over Boston on Thursday.

Kyle Okposo scored a goal versus the Bruins and has torched Dallas with four tallies and an assist in five career meetings. Okposo netted a pair in the latter meeting with the Stars, who improved to 4-0-1 in their last five with a 3-2 shootout victory over New Jersey on Friday. Captain Jamie Benn, who extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and also tallied in the bonus format, has recorded three goals and two assists in six career meetings with the Islanders.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Dallas), MSG Plus (New York)

ABOUT THE STARS (4-1-2): Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin extended their respective point streaks to four games on Friday as the former notched his club-best eighth assist while the latter registered his team-leading 11th point. Spezza has collected 13 goals and 17 assists in 30 meetings with the Islanders. Seguin also is recording a point per contest against New York, with five goals and six assists in 11 contests.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (5-2-0): Josh Bailey's strong start to the season was curtailed when he broke his hand during the second period of Thursday's game. "We lose another guy who's been playing real well for us. It's bad luck," coach Jack Capuano told Newsday of Bailey, who is expected to see a specialist to determine how long he'll be sidelined. Good luck might be around the corner for the Islanders, who could see the return of Mikhail Grabovski from a concussion provided the 30-year-old experiences no setbacks during Saturday's morning skate.


1. New York C Brock Nelson scored four goals and set up three others in his first three games before notching just one assist in his last four contests.

2. Dallas has won three in a row on the road.

3. Islanders G Jaroslav Halak has yielded seven goals in his last two starts - both losses - and owns a 4-5-0 career mark versus the Stars.

PREDICTION: Islanders 4, Stars 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Dallas 4-1-1-1 W2 1-0-1-1 3-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 4-1-1-1 0-1-0-1
NY Islanders 5-2-0-0 W1 2-1-0-0 3-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 5-2-0-0 ---
Last Meeting
Dallas NY Islanders
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/12/14 NYI 4 DAL 2 31 27 0-2 31 29 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Dallas A. Chiasson 1
NY Islanders C. de Haan 2
Goals Player  
Dallas S. Gonchar 1
NY Islanders K. Okposo 2
Assists Player  
Dallas A. Chiasson 1
NY Islanders C. de Haan 2
Saves Player  
Dallas D. Ellis 27
NY Islanders K. Poulin 29
Total Points Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 18
NY Islanders J. Tavares 13
Goals Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 8
NY Islanders B. Nelson 5
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Spezza 11
NY Islanders J. Tavares 10
Saves Player  
Dallas K. Lehtonen 220
NY Islanders J. Halak 181
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Off vs  NY Islanders Def
3.29 GF
3.14 GA
29 Shots
30.3 Shots
6 PP
7 PK
NY Islanders Off vs  Dallas Def
3.43 GF
3 GA
34 Shots
33.3 Shots
7 PP
6 PK