The Islanders kicked off a two-game home win streak right before the New Year. They'll be looking to extend that streak to three games with win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
"They’re a highly skilled team, there’s no question about it," Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "You have to platy structured hockey, you have to make them play a 200 foot game. If you turn pucks over and make it a short track, it’s going to be a long night."
He continued, "Every night that we step on the ice it’s going to be a battle. It’s the National Hockey League, these are good teams we have to be at our best from the net out to win game."
Defeating the Red Wings may seem like a lofty goal, as they rank second in the Western Conference, however, the Isles haven’t lost to Detroit in regulation since before the lockout, going 4-0-1 in the last six seasons. To top it off, the Red Wings were first in the West when the Isles defeated them in overtime last season.
"They’re beatable, everyone’s beatable in this league," Islanders forward Matt Martin
said. "There’s never an easy game. This year we’ve beaten some of the top teams and then we go to Anaheim and lose to them. Every team is good, you just have to play 60 minutes."
Martin continued, "We have to get pucks deep against Detroit. They have a lot of talent and they have a good transitional game. It’s important to keep it simple and just outwork them. They have a little bit of an older team and we are younger and have fresh legs, so we have to use that to our advantage."