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Wednesday, February 11th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (26-21-6-2) at Dallas Stars (27-20-9-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars try to pick up where they left off before the All-Star break when they host the New York Islanders tonight at AmericanAirlines Center.

The Stars won four straight before the break and are unbeaten in their last seven contests (6-0-1). Dallas currently has 63 points and is in fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

In their last game, Marty Turco notched his 17th career shutout to lead the Stars to a 1-0 win over Columbus at AmericanAirlines Center. Jason Arnott scored for Dallas, which earned its sixth straight win in the series.

Steve Ott and David Oliver set up Arnott's goal for Dallas, which is unbeaten in five straight at home (4-0-1) and has won eight consecutive one-goal games.

The Islanders made their return from the mid-season intermission on Tuesday night and played to a tie with the Colorado Avalanche.

Rick DiPietro made 36 saves for New York, while Philippe Sauve turned aside all but one of the 36 shots he faced for the Avs, as the Islanders and Colorado skated to a 1-1 stalemate at the Pepsi Center.

Mariusz Czerkawski scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who are 4-1-2-1 in their last eight games.

The Islanders have 60 points and are holding down the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York holds a six-point edge over the Buffalo Sabres.

New York has won four straight against the Stars, including a 4-1 victory on Long Island earlier this season. However, the Stars have won 10 of the last 15 matchups and are 5-2-2 in the last nine affairs in Dallas.

02/11 10:38:03 ET


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