New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings
Isles look to extend home win streak to three games
Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:00 AM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
(Answer from 01/07: Bob Bourne and Anders Kallur. On Dec. 16, 1980, with Gord Lane in the penalty box, Bourne and Kallur went on the offensive, scoring two shorthanded-goals in 17 seconds. Kallur’s goal was the eventual game-winner en route to a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.)
|Team Record: 14-19-6
Last Game: 5-1 L @ PHX
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 1
|Team Record: 26-14-1
Last Game: 3-2 OTW @ CHI
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 1
The Isles power forward brings a lot of energy and youthful exhuberance to every game. Whether he's out there to ruffle some of the opponents' feathers, draw a penalty, kill a penalty or provide some offense, he's out there working to make an impact player.
Though he's not competing for the team lead in time on ice, ever since the line combinations changed four games ago, Martin went from averaging less than 12 minutes per game to 13:39.
"I try to be physical and open up room for Bails (Josh Bailey) and Grabby (Michael Grabner)," Martin said. "But it's definitely more offensive with those guys. I am always thinking offense or thinking about going on a rush where last year I was more concerned with keep the puck out of our own net. It’s been fun. Bails is such a good playmaker and Grabby has so much speed that there’s a lot of ice that opens up for us. We’ve had a lot of chances."
Saturday night, Martin was the only Islanders player not on the ice for one of the Coyotes' goals. The night before, he scored his fifth goal of the season, tying his goal output from his rookie campaign (2010-11).
| Pavel Datsyuk
The 10-year NHL veteran will not play against the Islanders tonight. Head Coach Mike Babcock announced that he's out with a lower body injury, which he sustained during Detroit's game against Chicago on Sunday.
Datsyuk posted one goal and four assists in the last four games, including the overtime goal against the Blackhawks that propelled the Red Wings to a 3-2 win.
Datsyuk has been an integral part of Detroit's lineup since he broke into the league in 2001, each year elevating his two-way game and point totals. Though he's likely scratched for just one game, it will severely alter Detroit's lineup for tonight's game as they're forced to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
The Islanders kicked off a two-game home win streak right before the New Year. They'll be looking to extend that streak to three games with win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
"They’re a highly skilled team, there’s no question about it," Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "You have to platy structured hockey, you have to make them play a 200 foot game. If you turn pucks over and make it a short track, it’s going to be a long night."
He continued, "Every night that we step on the ice it’s going to be a battle. It’s the National Hockey League, these are good teams we have to be at our best from the net out to win game."
Defeating the Red Wings may seem like a lofty goal, as they rank second in the Western Conference, however, the Isles haven’t lost to Detroit in regulation since before the lockout, going 4-0-1 in the last six seasons. To top it off, the Red Wings were first in the West when the Isles defeated them in overtime last season.
"They’re beatable, everyone’s beatable in this league," Islanders forward Matt Martin said. "There’s never an easy game. This year we’ve beaten some of the top teams and then we go to Anaheim and lose to them. Every team is good, you just have to play 60 minutes."
Martin continued, "We have to get pucks deep against Detroit. They have a lot of talent and they have a good transitional game. It’s important to keep it simple and just outwork them. They have a little bit of an older team and we are younger and have fresh legs, so we have to use that to our advantage."
The Detroit Red Wings pulled into a three-way tie atop the Central Division in their last game by earning a victory - something they've had trouble doing against the New York Islanders of late.
The Red Wings look to keep rolling as they try to break a three-game losing streak in the series Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Detroit (26-14-1) won for the fifth time in seven games Sunday, 3-2 in overtime over slumping Chicago. The victory pulled them even with the Blackhawks and St. Louis in the crowded race for first in the division.
Pavel Datsyuk banked in a shot off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy at 3:08 of the extra period and backup Ty Conklin made 29 saves - stopping a penalty shot by Jimmy Hayes in the third period - to help Detroit to the victory after it fell to Toronto the day before. (Continue Reading)
The Islanders and Red Wings last met on New Years Eve 2010 at Joe Louis Arena. Johan Frazen scored the first goal of the night, but Matt Moulson scored on the power play less than two minutes later to tie the score at 1. A goal from John Tavares at 19:57 closed out the opening period and Jesse Joensuu brought the score 3-1 at 15:13 of the secod. Valtteri Filppula scored at 19:51 to cut the goal differential 3-2. Tomas Tatar scored the game-tying goal for the Red Wings at 10:18 of the third to force the game into overtime, but PA Parenteau notched the overtime goal on the power play to send the Isles to a 4-3 victory.
|Montoya & Ullstrom updates
IslandersPower Play %: 19.8%
Penalty Kill %: 83.1%
Home Record: 8-9-3
Road Record: 6-10-3
Goals For: 91
Goals Against: 125
Red WingsPower Play %: 19.7%
Penalty Kill %: 81.2%
Home Record: 15-2-1
Road Record: 11-12-0
Goals For: 134
Goals Against: 94
Check out the Islanders depth chart. Head Coach Jack Capuano said Evgeni Nabokov will get his 10th straight start, Kevin Poulin will back up. The lines will remain the same.
Red Wings (Expected) LineupsForwards: Franzen-Bertuzzi, Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler, Miller-Abdelkader-Cleary, Emmerton-Helm-Holmstrom
Defensemen: Lidstrom-White, Kronwall-Stuart, Ericsson-Commodore, Kindl
Goaltenders: Howard, Conklin
Expected scratches: Datsyuk
Islanders forward Matt Martin on the peaks and valleys of the season: "There’s definitely some inconsistency. You look at it, we started the season 3-1 and then lost 14-of-16. We went 4-0-2, lost three and then won three. We have to find a way to stay on that even keel and never get too high, never get too low. Something we need to focus on is not losing two games in a row. When you start going on losing streaks, we talk about confidence and how important that is. When you keep losing games, you start expecting to lose and that’s never good, you should always expect to win. We have a good team in here, we just have to bring it every night."
Cory Wright contributed to this report