Morning Skate: Islanders at Red Wings Preview

Bruce Bennett

Game 39

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

We won... two games in a row... in overtime and a shootout.. What is this sorcery? There's more good news coming as well, because it looks like Gustav Nyquist will return to the lineup tonight, and Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader will be re-evaluated this morning and may return tonight as well. One more win before Christmas would about the best present the Wings could give us right now. The last time the Wings and Islanders met, we beat them 5-0, ended a Darren helm injured his shoulder on the flying, crashing, flipping, shorthanded goal he scored; now he looks to make his return against them.

The Islanders lost at home 5-3 to the Ducks on Saturday and have only won 2 games out of their last 16. With the Wings getting a few players back from injury, and the boost of confidence they have after winning a couple games, they should beat the Islanders in what could potentially be a pretty boring game.

We'll have to put our prognosticating hat on for the lineup, Nyquist wasn't on IR, and with his returning, someone else will be a healthy scratch, If Helm and Abby return, since they were both on IR, two players will need to be sent back to Grand Rapids. I'm going to guess that if Helm plays, then Glendening gets sent to Grand Rapids. I'm going to guess that Tootoo sits so Nyquist can come back in, and I can only hope that Cleary sits for Abdelkader to come back in. We'll put the updated lineup in the Game Day Updates once we know more. Here's my guess/wish as to what we see tonight.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Todd Bertuzzi Pavel Datsyuk Gustav Nyquist
Justin Abdelkader Darren Helm Daniel Alfredsson
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Jonas Gustavsson (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Mikael Samuelsson, Jakub Kindl, Jordin Tootoo, Danny Cleary

Injuries: Johan Franzen (concussion), Henrik Zetterberg (LTIR: back) & Stephen Weiss (LTIR: groin, will be out until mid Feb at least) Jimmy Howard (knee)

RED WING THE MATCH-UP ISLANDERS
17-12-9 (43 pts; 4th in Atlantic) Record 10-20-7 (27 pts; 8th in Metro)
2.58 (17th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.40 (24th in NHL)
2.60 (13th) Goals Against Per Game 3.40 (29th)
18.1% (15th) Power Play % 16.0% (20th)
84.5% (9th) Penalty Kill % 72.6% (30th)
Pavel Datsyuk (14 goals) Goal Leader John Tavares (13 goals)
Henrik Zetterberg (30 points) Points Leader John Tavares (38 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: John Tavares

X-Factor: Hey, who invited Simon Cowell?

Familiar Faces: Todd Bertuzzi was drafted by the Islanders and played his first 3 seasons with them.

Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About New York): Home Alone 2- lost in New York, my favorite Christmas movie of all time.

Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About New York): This logo.

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 47-44-6-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Islanders.

  • Last 10 games: New York 2-5-3. Detroit 3-5-2.

  • The Wings are currently 1-1-1 on Mondays.

  • Gustavsson is 2-1-2 with a .921 SV% and 2.20 GAA in 5 career games against the Islanders.

Prediction: Wings win 4-1, Tomas Jurco steals the show and is your POTG

Let's Go Red Wings!!!
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Winging It In Motown

You must be a member of Winging It In Motown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Winging It In Motown. You should read them.

Join Winging It In Motown

You must be a member of Winging It In Motown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Winging It In Motown. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker