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NHL: New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Place: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

Here we go again. Stop me if you’ve heard this before in the past few weeks. The Wings have suddenly strung together a few wins in a row, are playing relatively good hockey and are only just a few points out of a playoff spot.

Going into this past weekend, I hardly had any hope for this team. They were still near the bottom of the table, about to play back-to-back days against the Caps and Pens and would be without Gustav Nyquist for another 5 games due to his suspension. Then all of a sudden, a switch flipped. Petr Mrazek played out of his mind, the team skated with the Capitals and Penguins in both games and somehow the Red Wings earned all four points.

The Wings are still hanging around as they head into their bye week and the trade deadline. But first they’ll have to get through a resurgent Islanders team that’s worked its way back into the playoff conversation. After firing Jack Capuano about 1 month ago they’ve gone 10-4-2 and currently sit 1 point back of Toronto for the last Eastern Conference wildcard spot. A win tonight along with a Leafs loss would pull us within 5 points of the last spot.

Hold onto your butts over the next week folks. It’s about to get interesting.

The Expected Lineup

New York's Lineup

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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.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. 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. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. 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 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.