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