New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars Matchup Preview

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The American Airlines Center will be hosting an East-West matchup as the New York Islanders take on the Dallas Stars. The first puck will drop at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and you can witness it live on Fox Sports Southwest.

New York Islanders at Dallas Stars Odds

Dallas heads into the matchup as the favorite with a moneyline of -130. The line for New York sits at +110 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -110 money on the over and -110 for the under. Dallas is 8-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a remarkable improvement over the 34-48 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 15 regular season outings, seven of the team’s games have gone over the total, while another seven have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 5-2 SU at home this year. The Stars come into the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they have scored on 31.8 percent of their extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 86.5 percent of all penalties. The Stars, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.2 times per game this season, a number that’s up some from last year’s 3.8 penalties per game they gave up. After serving an average of 9.9 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.8 minutes per outing this season. Averaging 25.6 saves per game with a .911 save percentage, Ben Bishop (six wins, six losses) has been the top goalkeeper for the Stars this season. If the Stars, however, choose to give him a breather, the team might turn to Kari Lehtonen (2-3-3 record, .914 save percentage, 2.40 goals against average). John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin will both be focal points for the Stars. Klingberg (15 points) has tallied three goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points on four separate occasions this year. Seguin has eight goals and seven assists to his name and has notched a point in 11 games. On the other side of the rink, New York is 8-7 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 15 regular season matches, nine of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. As the away team so far, the Islanders are 3-5 SU. The Islanders have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties. New York’s players have been penalized only 3.8 times per game this season, a number that is up some over the 3.4 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 7.9 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has had to kill penalties for 8.1 minutes per outing this season. Jaroslav Halak (.906 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New York. Halak is averaging 25.8 saves per game and owns a 5-4 record. For the visiting Islanders, the offense will be coordinated by Josh Bailey (three goals, 15 assists) and John Tavares (12 goals, six assists).

New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • After posting a 2-4 record in games decided by a shootout last year, New York is off to a 1-1 start in shootouts this season. Dallas was 1-2 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • The total has gone under in three of Dallas’ last five games.
  • Six of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-1 in those games.