Game Preview: Islanders vs. Red Wings
The Islanders go for their sixth straight win over the Red Wings.
|New York Islanders
8-14-3 (19 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
|Detroit Red Wings
12-7-7 (31 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
|2013-14 season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders continued their recent dominance over the Red Wings with a wild 5-4 shootout win on Nov. 16. The lead changed hands three times as the teams matched each other goal for goal, but Frans Nielsen ended the game with a backhand in the shootout. Kevin Poulin stopped 19-of-22 shots – and all three shootout attempts – in relief of Evgeni Nabokov, who left the game with a groin injury in the first period.
Nov. 16, 2013: NYI 5, DET 4 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Red Wings player to watch
Niklas Kronwall - Defenseman
Kronwall assumes the top spot on the Detroit blue line and is third leading scorer on the Red Wings this season. The Swedish defenseman has 17 points (3g/14a) in 24 games this season and ranks among the top-10 offensive defensemen in the league. Kronwall is currently riding a four-game point streak (2g/3a) and is always a threat to deliver a big hit.
• Red Run: The Islanders have won five straight games against the Red Wings and are 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings. The Islanders haven’t lost in regulation to the Red Wings since Black Friday, 2003.
• Tavares: John Tavares has points in eight of his last nine games (4g/8a) and leads the Islanders with 29 points (11g/18a) in 25 games. The Isles captain had a goal and an assist against the Red Wings on Nov. 16.
• De Haan: The Islanders recalled Calvin de Haan from Bridgeport Thursday while Matt Donovan was loaned to the Sound Tigers.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson – 53 Casey Cizikas – 17 Matt Martin
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 46 Matt Donovan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
|Detroit Red Wings previous game lines
93 Johan Franzen – 40 Henrik Zetterberg – 14 Gustav Nyquist
8 Justin Abdelkader – 43 Darren Helm – 11 Daniel Alfredsson
20 Drew Miller – 18 Joakim Andersson – 21 Tomas Tatar
71 Danny Cleary – 90 Stephen Weiss – 37 Mikael Samuelsson
55 Niklas Kronwall – 52 Jonathan Ericsson
27 Kyle Quincey – 2 Brendan Smith
4 Jakub Kindl – 23 Brian Lashoff
50 Jonas Gustavsson
35 Jimmy Howard
|What's Happening at the Coliseum:
•Lower Lobby Opens at 2pm