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Morning Skate: Islanders vs Red Wings

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

NYI Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

We are playing hockey this afternoon.

Yes, it is a 2pm start, and yes we know what that means. The narratives will overflow us all. The inevitable "Red Wings aren't awake yet" 20 minutes into the game is upon us. But who cares? I like the matchup. You've got a team in the Wings who are atop the NHL for power-play percentage, against a team who is dead last in the penalty-kill. This game will fall heavily on goaltending. NYI scores a lot, and Petr Mrazek has been everything but a brick wall as of late. Defense will have to play tight, and play fast. After a crazy day yesterday with roster moves, we have a new face coming to the lineup. Alexey Marchenko will make his 2nd career NHL start, and his 1st start of the season. The Russian Right-Hander has 17 points at the AHL level this season, and has been very dominant at that level. I'm excited to watch him play, whether it's a showcase or not.

Ugly loss against the Lightning only mean that the Red Wings could come back with some snarl (maybe.) A big win here would set a good tone for the rest of the season.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Alexey Marchenko Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Thomas McCollum


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches), Jimmy Howard (groin) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Forwards

Mikhail Grabovski John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anders Lee Frans Nielsen Ryan Strome
Michael Grabner Brock Nelson Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck


Defensemen

Calvin de Haan Travis Hamonic
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey Brian Strait


Goaltenders

Chad Johnson (starting)
Jaroslav Halak


ISLANDERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
32-15-1 (65 pts; 1st in Metro) Record 27-11-9 (63 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
3.15 (3rd in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.92 (9th in NHL)
2.79 (21st) Goals Against Per Game 2.47 (8th)
19.2% (12th) Power Play % 25.0% (1st)
73.7% (30th) Penalty Kill % 82.8% (10th)
John Tavares (23 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (21 goals)
John Tavares (48 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (44 points)

  • The Red Wings are 26-22-2 (W-L-OT) all-time in the regular season against the New York Islanders at the Joe Louis Arena.

  • Last 10 Games: New York 6-4-0, Detroit 8-2-0

  • Petr Mrazek is a career 0-2-0 against The Isles.

LGRW!