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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Islanders

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

1p ET, Barclays Center

Brooklyn, NY

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

Isle's Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

Well yesterday was fun, eh?

No rest for the weary. After that crazy win at the Joe against the Bruins, it's off to Brooklyn for an afternoon matinee against the New York Islanders. Hopefully there is a better defensive effort from the Wings today. After finally getting what we think is the best six healthy defensemen on the ice, they took a big fat dump out there. Of course, Petr Mrazek didn't help either. Woof.. did he let in some bad goals or what? For all the times he's saved the Wings' ass though, we'll let it slide. It was good to see the offense pick him up.

Today will hopefully be a different story. We'll probably see Jimmy Howard between the pipes. Jeff Blashill said after the game that Pavel Datsyuk and Gus Nyquist should be good to go. Forward lines should remain the same. A big two points on the line today versus a team the Wings could be fighting against for a wild card spot. Just win, baby.

Detroit Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Brad Richards
Gus Nyquist Andreas Athanasiou Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Drew Miller, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson

New York Expected Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

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