NEW YORK -- A pair of teams off decidedly different yet equally unprecedented victories will square off Sunday afternoon, when the New York Islanders host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center.
The Islanders last played Thursday night, when they remained perfect in the Metropolitan Division and continued their dominance over the New York Rangers with a 7-5 win over their arch-rivals at Barclays Center. The Stars edged the visiting Boston Bruins on Friday night, when Jason Dickinson scored 1:34 into overtime to give Dallas the 1-0 win.
With their franchise-record eighth straight win over the Rangers, the Islanders (10-6-2) improved to 7-0-0 in the Metro. It is the Islanders' best divisional start ever and the first time since the 2012-13 season an NHL team has won its first seven divisional games.
"These division games are huge," Islanders center and captain Anders Lee said afterward. "Kind of look at it as a big swing in the standings. Can't get these points back later in the year."
The Islanders have won two straight following a three-game losing streak and will enter Sunday in second place in the Metropolitan, four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"Anytime you have a little skid like we did last week, it's important to get it back," Lee said. "Anytime you can string more than one together, it just feels like you (can) continue that momentum. And we'll be able to take it into Sunday." >> READ MORE
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