DETROIT - The New York Islanders were hot coming in, having won three in a row and only losing one game in overtime in their last seven.
The Red Wings weren't perfect but they managed to escape with a gritty 5-4 victory in regulation at Joe Louis Arena Friday night.
The Islanders return to Detroit on Feb. 21.
Frans Nielsen did not play after the second period due to an upper-body injury.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Nielsen would test the injury in Nashville in the morning.
1. Danny DeKeyser: Everyone's been saying that the Wings need to have more of a shot mentality, just throw it to the net and see what happens. With 27.9 seconds remaining in regulation, Henrik Zetterberg won the face-off and got the puck back to DeKeyser. DeKeyser's shot went off of Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey and into the net. It was DeKeyser's first goal since Dec. 4 at the Islanders, also the game-winner in a 5-4 victory. The one in Brooklyn was in overtime.
Quotable: "I don't really what to say about it other than it was a pinball. Z called the play, it was D down wall, we tried it right before that with (Mike) Greener. He did a good job winning the draw and then we had a couple guys going to the net. Late in the game and the ice is bad throw it on the net and it went in. That's about as lucky as you can get. Scoring a goal off two guys from the other team is a first for me." - DeKeyser
Quotable II: "That was like a punch in the stomach. I'm speechless. That happens to all defensemen at times, but Jason (Chimera) gave us a perfect script by tying it on his night, and then we can't even get a point for him." - Hickey
2. Darren Helm/Tomas Tatar/Anthony Mantha: Tatar held onto the puck, circled around the net to the left circle and drew the defense to him, leaving Helm open in the right circle. Greiss had moved so Helm had an open right side of the net for his game-tying goal at 12:04 of the 2nd. A little over two minutes later, Mantha intercepted a puck at the blue line, delivered it to Tatar and then went toward the net and scored his 12th goal and first in 11 games. Mantha is tied with Tatar, Larkin and Thomas Vanek for the team lead in goals. Mantha also assisted on Zetterberg's go-ahead goal at 17:34 of the second.
Quotable: "I just read the play, intercepted the pass and I saw Tuna kind of on the breakaway so I decided to give it to him. He bought just enough time to give it back and I had a complete open net." - Mantha
3. Special shift: Before Helm's goal, Zetterberg's line with Nyquist and Mantha spent their entire shift in the Islanders zone, eventually forcing them to ice the puck. On the ensuing shift, Helm scored with a tired group of Islanders on the ice.
Quotable: "It was a fun shift to be a part of when you're in the zone for a long time and then Helm's line took over and kept the puck in there for quite a time too. That's when we're playing, we're creating a lot of stuff and spending a lot of time in the O-zone instead of the D-zone." - Zetterberg