The Dallas Stars head back out on the road following a four-game homestand which saw them get a split. They had a lengthy long road trip before those four games, as they had six games away from their den. The road trip resulted in three wins and three losses, so again, the split and treaded water. It’s been that kind of season for the Stars, who are neither here nor there. They’ve been stuck influx, but it’s certainly better than crashing and going on a five-game losing streak.
The Penguins can tell you all about crashing right now. Dallas are coming off one of their most impressive wins of the year, a 1-0 win in overtime against the Bruins. They beat the Bruins at their own game, as they came out on top in a low-scoring duel between Ben Bishop and Tuukka Rask. The Bruins are usually on the winning side of games that play out like that.
With the victory, the Stars advanced to 10-7-2, so they are playing like the Dallas Stars. That’s what you come to expect from them, average results for a team who have burned the best years of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The greatest improvement over the past couple of years has been the defence in Dallas.
It’s not on an elite level, but they ranked near the back of the league for a considerable amount of time. With the offence they had, an average defence would have been good enough to excel. Now with their core getting older, the goal scoring has slowed down, though. They take on an Islanders team who will be making their third start in a row at home, already two wins under their belt. Head below for our free Stars vs. Islanders pick.
Dallas Stars vs. N.Y. Islanders Pick
The Islanders lost John Tavares to the Maple Leafs in the offseason, so that set off a bit of panic for some fans. He spent his entire nine-year career in the Islanders organization before heading back to hometown of Toronto. The cupboard wasn’t left bare, though, there is still talent to be had with this team and they’ve been showing that they aren’t as bad as people thought. The Isles go into Sunday with a record of 10-6-1, nearly identical to the Stars. Hiring defending Stanley Cup Champion head coach, Barry Trotz, was a step in the correct direction as well.
However, statistically, there is one team who has been the better team in that regard. Before looking at records, you would think the Islanders would be easily ahead of the Stars. The Isles are averaging 3.33 goals per game, while the Stars are scoring just 2.74 goals per game. There isn’t much separation defensively, with the Stars allowing 2.63 goals and 2.67 for the Islanders, so you would think the Islanders would be up by a few games.
Note that the Islanders have been rock solid at home with a 5-1-1 record at home. Say what you want about Barclays Center and the awful sightlines, which isn’t suited for hockey, but the Isles have been playing well in this building. The Stars are 1-4 in their previous five trips here, so it hasn’t been too kind to them. Overall, the Stars have gone 3-4-1 on the road in 2018-19. Robin Lehner is scheduled to get the start as he looks to improve on his adequate 2.59 GAA and 0.921 save percentage. I would give the edge to the Islanders to get it done on Sunday over the Stars.