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Game Preview: Islanders at Red Wings

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

10-20-7 (27 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-13-0 road
Detroit Red Wings
17-12-9 (43 points - 4th in Atlantic Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
6-9-6 home
7:30 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, MH
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, Color: Greg Picker
2013-14 season series (1-1-0)

The Islanders and Red Wings split the first two games of their season series, both played at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles took the first game 5-4 in a shootout (their fifth straight against the Red Wings), but lost 5-0 two weeks later.  Kevin Poulin appeared in both games for the Islanders, replacing an injured Evgeni Nabokov in the win. Captain John Tavares picked up a goal and an assist in two games vs. the Wings.

Red Wings player to watch
Pavel Datsyuk - Center

A crafty vet, Pavel Datsyuk is renowned for his dangles – especially in the shootout – and has the skill to turn any player inside out. The 35-year-old Russian currently leads the Red Wings with 14 goals and is second on the team with 29 points in 31 games. The three-time Selke trophy winner (2008-10) is one of the NHL’s premier two-way forwards and is tied for the league lead in takeaways (44) this season. Datsyuk, a master pickpocket, has led the league in takeaways four times since 2006-07. 
Islanders Storylines
Tiebreaker: The Islanders and Red Wings split their previous two games. The Isles need a regulation win to take the season series.
Motor City Magic: The Islanders have won three straight in the Motor City and haven’t lost in Detroit since Nov. 28, 2003. The Islanders head to Detroit for the first time since a 4-3 OT win on Dec. 31, 2010.
Second Line: Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner each have three points (2g,1a) in their last three games. Josh Bailey has two assists in his last two games. 
Vanek: Thomas Vanek has three goals in his last two games.
Injured Wings: Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard are all on the IR. 
The Matchup
16.0% (20th)
72.6% (30th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

Red Wings
18.1 (15th)
84.5% (9th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome
15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan  3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner
– 37 Brian Strait

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Detroit Red Wings previous game lines
26 Tomas Jurco - 13 Pavel Datsyuk - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
20 Drew Miller - 18 Joakim Andersson - 21 Tomas Tartar
71 Danny Cleary - 41 Luke Glendening - 17 Patrick Eaves
44 Todd Bertuzzi - 15 Riley Sheahan - 22 Jordin Tootoo

55 Nicklas Kronwall - 52 Jonathan Ericsson
65 Danny DeKeyser - 27 Kyle Quincey
2 Brendan Smith - 23 Brian Lashoff

50 Jonas Gustavsson
34 Petr Mrazek
Quote of the Day:
Head Coach Jack Capuano on Saturday's 5-3 loss.
"We have to learn to play a North-South game, not an East-West game.  Tonight was a prime example of what you do when you don't move the puck and you play in your own end."

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