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Islanders at Red Wings: Gameday Updates

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

Line Combinations

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Anthony Mantha
Tomas Tatar Frans Nielsen Dylan Larkin
Andreas Athanasiou Darren Helm Thomas Vanek
Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening Justin Abdelkader


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Xavier Ouellet
Niklas Kronwall Nick Jensen


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jared Coreau

Power Play Units:

  1. Larkin-Vanek-Zetterberg, Sheahan (net-front), Green
  2. Tatar-Nielsen-Helm, Abdelkader (net-front), Kronwall

Islanders Line Combinations

Forwards

Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Brock Nelson Ryan Strome
Andrew Ladd Alan Quine Jason Chimera
Nikolay Kulemin Casey Cizikas Shane Prince


Defensemen

Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech Scott Mayfield
Calvin DeHaan Dennis Seidenberg


Goaltenders

Thomas Greiss (starting)
Jean-Francois Berube

Keys to the Game:

Fix the first period

The opening frame has been especially difficult for the Red Wings lately, who have given up early first-period goals like someone told them that was the new playoff standard. Even in games they ended up coming back to win, like Pittsburgh and the first Boston game, they’ve been handing opponents quick leads. Enough of that “start on time” garbage. Just stop doing the thing.

Special teams are, uh, special

You thought I might be joking this morning about Riley Sheahan on the power play, huh? Oh no, I was being entirely serious. Anthony Mantha and Gustav Nyquist found themselves off the practice lines for the man advantage on Thursday, and Andreas Athanasiou was also nowhere to be found.

Parking big guys like Sheahan and Abdelkader in front of the net worked when Sheahan could actually score and when Datsyuk was around to use #8 as a backboard, but those days are distant memories now. Maybe they’re hoping those additions to a futile power play will somehow cancel out cosmic workings and get a goal on the board?

Fun Facts!

  • The Red Wings are 51-45-6-5 (W-L-T-OTL) in the regular season against the Islanders.
  • Petr Mrazek is 4-2-0 in 7 career starts against New York with a .911 SV% and 2.50 GAA.
  • Groundhog’s Day was yesterday, and six more weeks of winter were foretold. Michigan residents shrugged and continued placing bets for the snow day in April.