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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Islanders, Projected Lineups, How to Watch

The Red Wings look to get back on track tonight in Brooklyn.

Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

7:00 PM ET, Barclays Center

New York, NY


Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM

Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

The Red Wings are taking on the Isles today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It wasn’t so terribly long ago (2010-2011 season, if memory serves) that the Isles were the laughing stock of the league, but then they rattled off wins against both Pittsburgh and Detroit right around the holidays. Seven years later and the tables have turned quite a bit, with New York being one of the league’s best and Detroit playing the role of scrappy underdog.

To upset the Isles (18-12-3), the Wings (12-13-7) will need to find a way to focus throughout the full sixty minutes. Other teams can survive lapses in momentum, but this Detroit squad doesn’t have the personnel to survive those momentary lapses. They need to be sharper than the rest of the league just to hang around a playoff picture that is rapidly fading from view. And the Isles won’t make it easy; they’ve been a darn good team this year, at times leading the ultra-tight Metropolitan division. To make matters worse, they’ve been very good at home this year, only losing four times in 14 games at the Barclays Center. If Detroit can manage to shut down New York’s top line of Tavares (40 pts), Josh Bailey (40 pts), and Anders Lee (40 pts), then Detroit may be able to go toe-to-toe with the other line match-ups. But how to shut down Tavares’ line is one of the biggest questions in the NHL this year, so it’s a big if. It may fall to Tavares’ good friend and former teammate, Frans Nielsen, to do just that.

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Anthony Mantha - David Booth - Martin Frk

Danny DeKeyser - Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

New York Islanders

Anders Lee - John Tavares -Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Brock Nelson - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Jason Chimera - Anthony Beauvillier - Steve Bernier

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuck
Calvin DeHaan - Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock

Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!