Last Updated: 2017-11-10
In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the New York Islanders and the Dallas Stars clash at the American Airlines Center in an East-West showdown. The matchup will get started at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and fans at home are able to catch it live on Fox Sports Southwest.
New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars Odds
New York (+110) is currently the underdog to Dallas (-130) and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.
Losing 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors, Dallas is 8-7 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a huge turnaround from how the team performed during last year’s regular season (34-48). Of the team’s 15 games this season, seven have gone over the total, while another seven have gone under and just one has pushed. So far this year, the team’s 5-2 SU at home.
The Stars currently tout the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has scored on 31.8 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 86.5 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Stars have been penalized 4.2 times per game this season, a number that is up a bit from the 3.8 penalties per game they were whistled for last year. After serving an average of 9.9 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to kill penalties for 9.8 minutes per matchup this year.
Sporting a .911 save percentage and 25.6 saves per game, Ben Bishop (six wins, six losses) has been the primary option in goal for the Stars this season. If the Stars choose to rest him, however, the team could turn to Kari Lehtonen (2-3-3 record, .914 save percentage, 2.40 goals against average).
The Stars will continue relying on leadership via John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin. Klingberg (15 points) has tallied three goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points in four different games this year. Seguin has eight goals and seven assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 11 contests.
On the other bench, New York is 8-7 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of nine of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. The Islanders are 3-5 SU as an away team this season.
The Islanders have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play chances this year, 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 opponent power plays.
New York’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 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 season ago the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 8.1 minutes per matchup this year.
Jaroslav Halak (25.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for New York. Halak has five wins and four losses to his credit, and has registered a .906 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Islanders, the offense will be facilitated through Josh Bailey (three goals, 15 assists) and John Tavares (12 goals, six assists).
New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under
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 went 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.