NEW YORK ISLANDERS (29-19-6) VS. DETROIT RED WINGS (29-18-9)
1 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM
MORNING SKATE UPDATES:
1. ISLES VS. RED WINGS:
The Islanders and Red Wings meet for the third and final time this season on Monday afternoon (1 p.m., MSG+) at Barclays Center. The Islanders are looking for their first win against the Red Wings this season, dropping the previous two meetings. The Islanders haven’t been swept in a season series by the Red Wings since 2003-04.
2. ON THE REBOUND:
The Islanders are looking to make amends for a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. There was no sense of panic at Sunday’s practice, but the Islanders are looking to get back in the win column quickly and prevent the loss from turning into a losing streak. The Islanders had won three straight games before Saturday’s loss in Raleigh.
“We just want to get back on track against Detroit,” Matt Martin said. “You don’t want to be losing multiple games in a row especially as tight as it is in our division right now.”
3. CLUTTERBUCK PRACTICES:
Cal Clutterbuck participated in Sunday’s practice after missing Saturday night’s game with an illness.
4. POWER PLAY/NICK LEDDY HEATING UP:
The Islanders power play has scored in five straight games, going 6-for-17 over that stretch. Nick Leddy had a hand in the Islanders last two power play goals, scoring against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday while Anders Lee deflected his shot against the LA Kings on Thursday. The 24-year-old defenseman has six points (1G, 5A) in his last five games and has scored 16 of his 24 points this season in the 19 games since the Christmas break.
5. DATSYUK HITS 900 POINTS:
Pavel Datsyuk hit a career milestone Sunday, recording his 900th NHL point, the sixth player in Red Wings history to do so. The crafty, 37-year-old Russian surpassed the milestone with a three-point night, recording two goals and an assist in a 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins. Datsyuk is a few years removed from back-to-back 97 point seasons, but is still an effective scorer and is currently hot, with nine points (5G, 4A) in his last five games.