Islanders at Stars
7 p.m. Saturday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Islanders 38-22-9, 85 pts.; Stars 42-21-9, 93 pts.
About the Islanders: New York is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators and is 1-2-2 in its past five games. … The Islanders have a one-point lead over Pittsburgh for the last automatic playoff berth in the Metropolitan Division. … New York has won four the past five meetings, including a 6-5 victory Jan. 3. Kyle Okposo and Cal Clutterbuck had two goals apiece in that game. … New York will likely be without center Mikhail Grabovski, who recently returned from a 10-game absence. He played 17 minutes Tuesday against the Penguins, but reported some undisclosed issues to trainer Tuesday and was sent back to Long Island for further evaluation.
About the Stars: The Stars are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, but they will be without one of their main offensive threats. The Stars announced Friday that Tyler Seguin is expected to miss three to four weeks with a 15 percent cut to his Achilles tendon. The regular season ends three weeks from Saturday. Seguin suffered the injury in the final seconds of Thursday’s victory when he went to check Tampa Bay’s Anton Stralman and was cut by the Lightning defenseman’s skate. “They operated on him [Friday] morning and stitched him back up,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. Seguin and Jamie Benn are the NHL’s highest scoring duo. Seguin has 73 points (33 goals, 40 assists). Benn is second in the league with in score with 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists) after scoring two goals and an assist Thursday. He has seven points in the past four games.