The Dallas Stars will go with the same lineup as Tuesday’s game against the New York Rangers, which means that Mark Fistric, Adam Pardy and Toby Petersen will sit out tonight’s game against the Islanders.
Fistric, who sat out the last three games due to a suspension, will now sit out as a healthy scratch. Philip Larsen, who has played well since coming into the lineup will stay put.
“We’ve won a couple in a row here and our guys are healthy. A couple of guys had rest yesterday, so we’ll keep things the same,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “As we approach this Christmas break there are going to be decisions on roster spots with our club. We feel our defense has played well the two games. We’ve got decisions to make on our roster. As long as we’re winning we are going to keep that lineup in and then see where it goes from there.”
Richard Bachman will get his third straight for the Stars. He’s 2-0-0 with a 0.43 goals against average and a .986 save percentage in three appearances this season.
Kevin Poulin, called up on an emergency basis because Evgeni Nabokov was not ready to return from a groin injury, will start in goal for the Islanders tonight. The 21-year-old hasn’t played for the Islanders this season, but he was 4-2-1 with a 2.44 goals against average and .924 save percentage in 10 games with the Isles last season before dislocating his knee in February. He’s played 13 games with Bridgeport (AHL) this season, posting a 6-7-0 record, 3.37 goals against average and .892 save percentage.
Al Montoya, who has struggled in his last couple starts, will backup Poulin.
With defenseman Steve Staios out due to a concussion, the Islanders also called up defenseman Calvin de Haan, who will make his NHL debut tonight.