The madness of the trade deadline is over and the Islanders will get back to work tonight.
The Islanders (41-21-2) are making their final trip of the season to American Airline Arena to face the Dallas Stars. The Isles hold an edge over their Western Conference foe, going 4-1-1 in their last six trips to the Lone Star State. The Islanders haven't seen the Stars since October, when they defeated them 7-5 at Nassau Coliseum.
Dallas (27-26-10) is last in the Central Division and are 0-4-2 in their last six games.
Kari Lehtonen is expected to start for the Stars and defenseman Patrik Nemeth could play tonight against the Islanders. Nemeth has not suited up for Dallas since October 18 due to an arm laceration that required surgery. He has been with the Stars' AHL farm team for the past two weeks and was recalled on Monday.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the first time since his franchise record 33rd win of the season last Friday. Tyler Kennedy will make his Islanders debut and Lubomir Visnovsky will return to the blue line.
The Islanders sit in second place entering tonight's game, after the Rangers defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Monday Night. A win would allow the Islanders to move back into first place and widen the gap between them and the Pittsburgh Penguins.