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Islanders Game 42: Holmstrom Likely Makes Return vs. Stars, Hintz Won’t Play

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The New York Islanders (22-17-2) are back in action after three days between games as they host the Dallas Stars (24-11-6) Tuesday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET at UBS Arena.

This is the first of five games at home for New York, who play eight of 11 this month on home ice.

The Islanders did hold a morning skate, with everyone besides Adam Pelech and Oliver Wahlstrom on the ice. Head coach Lane Lambert shared following Monday’s practice that Pelech had been skating on his own while Wahlstrom has not.

For a second straight day, Simon Holmstrom was a full participant and took line rushes alongside Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee. He is off Injured Reserve.

Islanders head coach Lane Lambert shared that they will see how he feels this afternoon before deciding on his game status. It sounds like he is a game-time decision, but we expect him to return after a six-game absence.

Lambert also shared that Barzal is all good as he will return to the lineup after missing Friday night’s game against the Calgary Flames due to a lower-body injury.

Ilya Sorokin was the first netminder off the ice as he will make his 29th start of the season. He is 14-13-1, with a .924 SV% and a 2.35 GAA.

The Islanders have played the Stars this season in Dallas back on Nov. 19, in a 5-2 loss. Dallas has one of the premier offenses in all of hockey, and Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock spoke on what the team needs to do Tuesday to slow them down:

“We can’t get beat up ice and can’t give them anything off the rush,” Pulock said. “That top line’s been really good over the past couple of years, and [they have] some really high-end players there, so I think it’s a matter of doing a good job there and then staying on top of their day they got somebody that really likes to get up and get in the plays.”

On the Dallas side of things, Roope Hintz did not make the trip.  The expectation is that Jake Oettinger gets the start as he manned the crease the last time these two teams met, stopping 27 of 29.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)

Anders Lee-Mathew Barzal-Simon Holmstrom
Anthony Beauvillier-Brock Nelson-Josh Bailey
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Parker Wotherspoon-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho-Scott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov

DALLAS STARS LINES (PROJECTED)

ISLANDERS NOTES

Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Dallas Stars in the second and final matchup between the two clubs this season. The Islanders last hosted the Stars on March 19, 2022, when Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock each scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves to help the Islanders earn a 4-2 victory.

The Islanders will look to earn a split in their season series with Dallas as they return home tonight following a four-game road trip.

The Islanders will play each of their next five matchups at UBS Arena, their longest home stand in the 2022-23 regular season schedule.

DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER

Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Dallas Stars? You can get the Islanders at -105 & -260 on the reverse puck line. The Stars come in at -115 & +220 on the puck line.

The over for the contest is 5.5 at -110, with the under at -110.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!

HOW TO WATCH

Tuesday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.

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