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Detroit is 3-13-1 in past 17; New York looks to end four-game losing streak

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

RED WINGS (15-43-4) at ISLANDERS (33-20-6)

8 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to end a season-long four-game losing streak when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum on Friday.

New York, which is tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, returns home after being shut out twice and outscored 11-2 during its four-game road trip.

Detroit is 3-13-1 in its past 17 games. The Red Wings lost 8-2 in their previous trip to Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 14.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou has three goals in his past four games.

Islanders forward Jordan Eberle has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past six games.

 

They said it

"I think they always play us hard; they're a really hard-working team. Obviously going into their building, I think we just match their intensity for maybe the first period and then kind of play into our game in the second and third. Just stick with it for a full 60 [minutes]. I think a lot of good things can happen if we do that." -- Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou

"We've talked about bounces forever. There's going to be stretches when they're not coming at all, and it feels that way. When they start coming, things start to feel good, you start to win hockey games, the mood changes, everything starts to roll. Maybe tonight we put a pretty play in, or maybe tonight one goes off the skate or something like that and it just gets us going. It's kind of all we need." -- Islanders captain Anders Lee

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Robby Fabbri -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Adam Erne -- Christoffer Ehn -- Brendan Perlini

Patrik Nemeth -- Alex Biega

Madison Bowey -- Mike Green

Trevor Daley -- Gustav Lindstrom

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Justin Abdelkader, Jonathan Ericsson, Brian Lashoff, Cody Goloubef

Injured: Filip Zadina (lower body), Filip Hronek (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (back)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Leo Komarov

Andrew Ladd -- Josh Bailey -- Michael Dal Colle

Matt Martin -- Otto Koivula -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Andy Greene -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist), Casey Cizikas (lacerated leg), Derick Brassard (upper body), Adam Pelech (Achilles)

 

Status report

The Red Wings held an optional morning skate. Hronek, a defenseman, was placed on injured reserve Thursday retroactive to Feb. 16, and Lashoff, a defenseman, was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. Goloubef, a defenseman, was claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Friday. Zadina hasn't played since Feb. 1 and the forward is expected to be out another 2-3 weeks. … The Islanders placed Clutterbuck on long-term injured reserve and assigned the forward to Bridgeport of the AHL on a conditioning stint and recalled Ladd and Koivula. Forward Kieffer Bellows was returned to Bridgeport. … Islanders coach Barry Trotz said Brassard, who was injured during a 3-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, is day to day. The center did not participate in the morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Larkin has gone seven games without a goal. … The Islanders are 2-5-1 in their past eight games at Nassau Coliseum.

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