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Game Preview: Islanders vs Red Wings

The Islanders and Red Wings meet for the first time this season (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (18-12-3) VS DETROIT RED WINGS (12-13-7)

7 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+, MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM - WRHU, 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN

GAME NOTES - MORNING SKATE UPDATES


After a gutsy 4-3 OT win over the LA Kings on Saturday, the New York Islanders continue their five-game homestead against against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO). 

The Islanders are looking for consecutive wins for the first time this month. 

The Islanders top line of John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee was the top line in hockey last week, combining for 23 points (9G, 14A) in four games last week. Tavares (2-7-9), Bailey (4-4-8) and Lee (3-3-6) were the top three scorers in the NHL last week and Bailey was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week

Lee and Bailey are each riding five-game point streaks, while Tavares is on a four-game run. 

Video: Josh Bailey talks about his productive week

LINEUP NOTES: 

Calvin de Haan (upper body) was placed on injured reserve after undergoing an MRI on Monday afternoon. The defenseman has 12 points (1G, 11A) this season and was averaging 18:44 TOI per game, the third most among Islanders blue liners. Head coach Doug Weight should provide an update on de Haan's condition on Tuesday at the team's optional morning skate. 

Thomas Hickey was removed from the team's IR list on Monday, but head coach Doug Weight did not to commit to Hickey returning on Tuesday. Hickey missed the last four games with an upper-body injury. 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders on Tuesday. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 

10-2-2 - The Islanders home record this season. 

3.52 - goals-per-game. The Islanders are the second-highest scoring team in the NHL with 118 goals in 33 games this season. 

40 - points for John Tavares and Josh Bailey. The Islanders co-scoring leaders are tied for third in NHL scoring. 

THE RED WINGS: 

Last Game: W3-1 vs Toronto

Scoring Leaders: 
Goals:
Anthony Mantha - 12
Assists: Dylan Larkin - 19
Points: Dylan Larkin - 24

Power Play: 20.58% - 9th
Penalty Kill: 82.88% - 10th 

The Detroit Red Wings are on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but are looking grind their way back with points in three straight games (1-0-2). Most recently, the Red Wings scored a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but are 2-4-4 in their last 10 games. 

As for the Islanders-Red Wings matchup Detroit won four of the last six meetings between the clubs, taking two-of-three in each of the past two seasons. 

Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings with 24 points (5G, 19A) in 32 games this season. Larkin is well on his way to surpassing his 32 points from last season. 

Jimmy Howard has started four straight games (1-1-2) for the Red Wings and could get the start on Tuesday, though Petr Mrazek owns a 5-3-0 lifetime record against the Islanders. Detroit is kicking off a back-to-back set on Tuesday. 

Former Islander Frans Nielsen will return to New York for only the second time since leaving the team via free agency in 2016. Nielsen has 12 points (8G, 4A) in 32 games this season - his second with Detroit. 

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