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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Islanders

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

5p ET, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Uniondale, New York

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

Yesterday was a good time. The Red Wings came, saw, and conquered on a very score-happy team in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Petr Mrazek pitched his second shutout of the season, and Justin Abdelkader continued his dominance, scoring his 23rd goal of the season.

Today, the Wings face a slumping New York Islanders who are coming off of a 3-2 loss against Anaheim. They've had a very rocky road ever since the trade deadline, much like the Red Wings have. Nevertheless, the Red Wings cannot afford to come in and be the "slump-busters" today. After a win like they had yesterday, it's best to use that momentum and keep it going. NYI's woes lie in their inability to keep the puck out of their own net, again, much like Detroit. Our power play wasn't good at all yesterday, as they couldn't manage to get a goal with the man advantage. NYI's PK unit is a bit suspect, and has been for most of the season. This would be a great opportunity to light them up with a shaky situation in goal.

Detroit's magic number is at 10 right now, and they're in a good position to make Tampa Bay start sweating it out for 2nd place in the Atlantic. Let's get that win, yo.

The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephan Weiss Joakim Andersson Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (charting)
Petr Mrazek (starting)


Scratches: Daniel Cleary & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Riley Sheahan (upper body), Jonas Gustavsson (I forgot), & Johan Franzen (concussion)

Forwards

Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Nikolay Kulemin Frans Nielsen Kyle Okposo
Tyler Kennedy Brock Nelson Ryan Strome
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck


Defensemen

Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Brian Strait Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey Lubomir Visnovsky


Goaltenders

Jaroslav Halak (Starting)
Michal Neuvirth


ISLANDERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
44-27-5 (93 pts; 3rd in Metropolitan) Record 40-22-12 (92 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.93 (4th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.88 (6th in NHL)
2.72 (20th) Goals Against Per Game 2.60 (16th)
18.0% (18th) Power Play % 24.2% (2nd)
77.6% (26th) Penalty Kill % 81.5% (16th)
John Tavares (34 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (26 goals)
John Tavares (74 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (61 points)

  • The Red Wings are 48-46-6-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the New York Islanders.

  • Last 10 Games: NYI 2-6-2, Detroit 4-5-1

  • Petr Mrazek is 1-2-0 with a .923 SV% and a 1.89 GAA against the Islanders.

Let's Go Red Wings.