NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 10th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (26-14-1) at New York Islanders (14-19-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to close a four-game road
trip on a positive note when they visit the lowly New York Islanders for
tonight's battle at Nassau Coliseum.
The Red Wings are 2-1 on the swing so far and are coming off Sunday's overtime
victory against the rival Chicago Blackhawks. Detroit, Chicago and the St.
Louis Blues enter this evening tied for first place in the Central Division
and all three clubs are in action tonight.
Pavel Datsyuk was the star for Detroit on Sunday, as he netted a shorthanded
game-winner with 1:52 left in OT to help lift the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory
at the United Center.
On the game-winner, Corey Crawford made two initial saves on shots by Datsyuk
in the slot and Jonathan Ericsson's backhanded attempt on the rebound, but
was unable to cover the puck with his glove. Then, from an extremely tight
angle right of the net, Datsyuk whiffed on his first attempt, but composed
himself and lifted his next shot over the pads of Crawford, who was down in
Valtteri Filppula and Danny Cleary also tallied for Detroit, while backup
goaltender Ty Conklin made 29 saves -- including a Jimmy Hayes penalty shot in
the third period -- for the win.
"This is a big step for Conks (Conklin) here personally, for himself," Red
Wings head coach Mike Babcock said.
Jimmy Howard, a native of upstate New York, is expected to be back between the
pipes tonight for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings, who will play their next three games in the Motor City, are
just 11-12-0 as the guest this year compared to a stellar 15-2-1 record at
Meanwhile, the Islanders, who are last in the Eastern Conference, are kicking
off a four-game homestand tonight after going 1-2 on a recent road trip. New
York began the swing with a shootout win at Carolina, but then suffered losses
in Anaheim and Phoenix.
Shane Doan recorded his first career hat trick to help the Coyotes rout the
Isles by a 5-1 score on Saturday. Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal for the
Islanders, while Evgeni Nabokov allowed all five goals on 25 shots.
"It's tough on Nabby. He's been playing really well," Islanders defenseman
Mark Streit said. "We had some major breakdowns defensively."
The Isles are 8-9-3 as the host this year and will also welcome Philadelphia,
Buffalo and Nashville during this residency.
New York has won three straight and four of its last five meetings against the
Red Wings, who are 7-2 with a pair of ties in their last 11 trips to Long
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