7:00p ET, Barclays Center
TV: SNO, SNP, FS-D, MSG+
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio
The Red Wings make a trip to the Barclays Center to take on the New York Islanders for the first of three meetings, all of which will come in the next three weeks. The Islanders fell victim to #BlizzardJonas this weekend when their Saturday game against the Philadelphia Flyers was postponed due to the weather. They held an optional skate Sunday, so their lines are based on their last game against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
Detroit has two players that are supposedly questionable for tonight's game, roles that would be filled by one of forward Eric Tangradi or defenseman Nick Jensen, who were called up by the Red Wings on Sunday, while Joakim Andersson was sent down. We don't know for sure who is potentially hurt (though it's suspected Brendan Smith might be hurting after his last couple of rough games) and the team didn't practice yesterday, so we're going with the lines projected from the Anaheim game.
Personally, I'd like to see the Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco line stay together, since not only have they shown the same kind of chemistry from the 2013-2014 season, but Tomas Jurco has been playing very well the last two games, albeit in still-limited minutes. Whether or not Jeff Blashill will reunite the trio remains to be seen, whether it be before the game starts or halfway through the second period.
This is also the Wings' last game of January, since the league will be heading into the All-Star Break for the weekend. While you'll be able to watch Dylan Larkin at the ASG in Nashville, the rest of the team will be sipping mimosas on beaches until they're back in action against the Atlantic Division rival Lightning on February 3. A win before such a long break will be much nicer to ruminate on when there's no real hockey being played.
Red Wings Expected Lineups
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||Dylan Larkin|
|Gustav Nyquist||Pavel Datsyuk||Darren Helm|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Brad Richards|
|Tomas Jurco||Luke Glendening||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Mike Green|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Alexey Marchenko|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Nick Jensen
Injuries: Drew Miller (torn meniscus/ACL surgery), Johan Franzen (concussion), Niklas Kronwall (knee surgery)
Islanders Expected Lineups
|Mikhail Grabovski||John Tavares||Ryan Strome|
|Nikolay Kulemin||Frans Nielsen||Kyle Okposo|
|Anders Lee||Brock Nelson||Josh Bailey|
|Matt Martin||Casey Cizikas||Cal Clutterbuck|
|Calvin DeHaan||Travis Hamonic|
|Brian Strait||Nick Leddy|
|Thomas Hickey||Marek Zidlicky|
|Jaroslav Halak (starting)|
|ISLANDERS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|25-15-6 (56 pts; 3rd in Metropolitan)||Record||24-16-8 (56 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.72 (8th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.44 (21st in NHL)|
|2.41 (10th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.48 (11th)|
|17.8% (17th)||Power Play %||17.1% (23rd)|
|87.8% (2nd)||Penalty Kill %||80.6% (17th)|
|Brock Nelson (18 goals)||Goals Leader||Dylan Larkin (15 goals)|
|Kyle Okposo (35 points)||Points Leader||Larkin, Zetterberg (32 points)|
Let's Go Red Wings!!!
Game Day Prediction Contest
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