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Monday, January 6th (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (20-14-7) at New York Islanders (14-22-7), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders will try to return to the win column on Monday when they host the Dallas Stars in an interconference battle at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders earned their longest winning streak of the season recently by winning three straight, but they were denied a fourth consecutive victory in Saturday's 3-2 regulation loss against visiting Carolina.

New York was done in by a poor second period on Saturday. The game was scoreless after 20 minutes but the Hurricanes would hold a 3-1 cushion by the end of the middle stanza.

Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist and John Tavares also lit the lamp for the Islanders, who were trying for their first four-game winning streak since Feb. 10-15, 2011. Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves but allowed all three goals in the setback.

"We've played good hockey. These are losses that hurt us. We have to rebound and get ready for Monday," Vanek said.

The Isles are just 6-9-7 as the host this season and are capping a three-game homestand tonight.

The Stars enter Monday's tilt on a two-game slide, but Dallas hopes to get back on track against an Islanders team it has beaten in five of the last six meetings. Dallas also has won four straight at the Coliseum, but the teams haven't met since the Stars notched a 3-2 regulation win on Long Island back on Dec. 15, 2011.

Dallas has surrendered 11 goals over its last two losses, which both came in regulation to drop the club to 2-2-1 on a five-game homestand. The Stars lost a 6-4 decision Thursday against Montreal and were pounded 5-1 on Saturday by the Detroit Red Wings, who played without star forward Pavel Datsyuk.

Rich Peverley had a short-handed goal for Dallas, which is beginning a three- game road trip on Monday. The Stars are 11-8-2 as the guest this season and also will face the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers during this swing.

Dan Ellis allowed three goals on 13 shots in the first period on Saturday before being pulled. Kari Lehtonen gave up two on 14 shots after that. Ellis, who stopped Justin Abdelkader on a penalty shot, absorbed the loss after leaving the game with his team down 3-1 after 20 minutes.

"Those were frustrating," said Peverley about Detroit's three first-period goals. "We could have done things to avoid those goals but we can learn from these games."

In addition to getting routed by Detroit, the Stars also lost defenseman Aaron Rome to an upper-body injury in the setback. Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff said Rome could miss the next week of action.

However, the Stars could have veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar back in the lineup tonight after the Russian blueliner missed the last six games with concussion symptoms. Ruff said he expects Gonchar, who has 12 assists in 35 games this season, to return on Monday.

"I would expect Sergei to be back on the Island," Ruff said on Saturday. "He was actually hoping maybe for tonight. My feelings were hold him out, get him real good skate today, another real good practice and he'll be over it."

The Stars are 9-3-2 in their last 14 road games.

01/06 10:43:28 ET

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Local
3rd
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 83
TOR 75
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
6th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
4th
IND 75
CHI 72
 
4th
WAS 90
MIA 79
 
4th
ORL 99
SAC 95
 
4th
CHA 83
TOR 75
 
4th
PHI 59
UTA 66
 
Half
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 47
BOS 46
 
2nd
HOU 48
DET 42
 
2nd
MEM 43
LAL 44
 
2nd
BRK 35
PHO 35
 
1st
SAN 29
DEN 23
 
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GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 70
AKR 67
 
2nd
BUF 66
BGU 62
 
2nd
DART 70
BRO 69
 
2nd
WMICH 67
CMICH 57
 
2nd
PENN 51
CLMB 44
 
Final
PRIN 66
CORN 53
 
2nd
OU 63
ILLCH 65
 
Final
OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
2nd
BST 48
NILL 51
 
2nd
EMICH 80
TOL 55
 
2nd
NIOWA 71
BRAD 46
 
2nd
MURST 49
MORE 44
 
Half
HARV 19
YALE 22
 
1st
DREX 9
COC 5
 
1st
CITA 11
FUR 21
 
1st
CCAR 0
UNCA 2
 
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USF
PAC
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BAY
TTU
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EKENT
BEL
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CLST
DET
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INDST
LOYC
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SCU
LMU
2nd Intermission
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
3rd
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 3
 
1st
CHI 0
EDM 0
 
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PIT