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Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 1/12/2014

By Andy Graziano

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders look to continue their recent stretch of outstanding play this evening when they visit the Dallas Stars in Texas beginning at 6pm EST.

Since winning six of their last seven and eight of their last eleven, New York has failed to make up much ground in the Metropolitan division due to many of the teams above them also finding their games at the same time.

But that has not stopped Jack Capuano‘s team from showing us what was so sorely missing from their playoff run of a year ago.

Calvin de Haan continues to mature before our eyes along with Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome and the return of Matt Donovan gives the Islanders three of their prized blue chips on the current roster as they look towards the future and beyond.

Tonight is a rematch of last Monday’s contest at Nassau Coliseum where the Islanders blew the doors off the Stars in a convincing 7-3 victory which saw Strome net his first NHL goal.

With Dallas coming in losers of five straight and six of seven, expect a much different team that the one New York saw in that contest. I would not expect a similar scoreline but with the way the Islanders have been playing, two points are anticipated still the same.

Now, as is always the case on gameday, we just await word from Capuano this morning on tonight’s lineup.

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