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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Red Wings

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

RED WINGS (40-22-12) at ISLANDERS (44-27-5)

TV: FS-D+, MSG+


Season series: The New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings have each won a game on the road. Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 2-1 win at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 19; Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for the Red Wings in a 4-1 win at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 31.

Red Wings team scope: Mrazek, who made 23 saves in a 4-0 shutout against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, could be in goal. He replaced Jimmy Howard on Thursday after Howard allowed three goals on 10 shots one start after allowing five goals on 22 shots Tuesday. Forward Pavel Datsyuk returned after missing five games because of a lower-body injury. "He's a game changer," forward Luke Glendening told the Red Wings website. "He slows down the game. Gives us all a lot more confidence so to have him back in the lineup was huge." Datsyuk didn't have a point, but has six points in his past six games. Detroit has gone 0-for-8 on the power play in its past two games, but its penalty kill is 7-for-7.

Islanders team scope: New York concludes a four-game homestand looking for its first win (0-2-1), and first win at Nassau Coliseum in March (0-5-1). Colin McDonald and Michael Grabner, who were scratched in a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, could be in the lineup. "If they are healthy," coach Jack Capuano said. "I don't disclose things about our team, but there is a reason why some of our guys haven't played. If we can, and they're fine, we can have a lineup change for sure." The Islanders have lost seven of eight games, scoring 12 goals, but haven't allowed a power-play goal in their past 12 games (25-for-25). Goaltender Jaroslav Halak will likely start after not playing Saturday in favor of backup Michal Neuvirth.

New York Islanders
44-27-5 (93 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, T-4th in Eastern Conference)
23-14-1 home
Detroit Red Wings
40-22-12 (90 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
19-14-4 road
5:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

Television:
MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders News:
- Ducks 3, Islanders 2 (Mar. 28)
- Landers' Last Call

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
- Lower Lobby Opens at 3:00 p.m.
- Doors Open at 3:45 p.m.
- Barry Landers Calls Second Period on WRHU
Islanders player to watch
Lubomir Visnovsky - Defenseman

Lubomir Visnovsky returned to the Islanders lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous five games. Visnovsky scored his fifth goal of the season Saturday, banking a point shot off Ducks’ defenseman Simon Despres. Visnovsky has points in two straight dating back to before his injury and has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 47 games this season. Visnovsky was paired with Thomas Hickey on Saturday.
Red Wings player to watch
Pavel Datsyuk - Forward

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Red Wings lineup Saturday after missing six games with a lower-body injury. Datsyuk is the Red Wings second-leading scorer with 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) in 58 games this season and is back to scoring a point-per-game pace after seeing a dip in production last season. Datsyuk has six points (one goal, five assists) in his last six games dating back to before his injury.
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee 91 John Tavares 12 Josh Bailey
86 Nikolay Kulemin 51 Frans Nielsen21 Kyle Okposo
26 Tyler Kennedy 29 Brock Nelson18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen

2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
37 Brian Strait 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
30 Michal Neuvirth
41 Jaroslav Halak
Detroit Red Wings previous game lines
Forwards
43 Darren Helm - 13 Pavel Datsyuk - 21 Tomas Tatar
8 Justin Abdelkader - 40 Henrik Zetterberg - 14 Gustav Nyquist
90 Stephen Weiss - 18 Joakim Andersson - 56 Teemu Pulkkinen
20 Drew Miller - 41 Luke Glendening - 26 Tomas Jurco

Defensemen
52 Jonathan Ericsson - 55 Niklas Kronwall
27 Kyle Quincey  - 65 Danny DeKeyser
2 Brendan Smith - 28 Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders
35 Jimmy Howard
34 Petr Mrazek


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