The Detroit Red Wings are back at Joe Louis Arena to take on the New York Islanders tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Red Wings are coming off of two big wins and with only three more games until the Winter Classic they would like to keep rolling along. The Red Wings could see a return of a few players, which could offset the line-up a bit, but Babcock will make sure to have the player he thinks will make a difference on the ice regardless of who they are.
The Islanders are 1-2-2 in their past five games, but they are not to be trifled with. Kyle Okposo, John Tavares, and Thomas Vanek will make life tough for the Wings defense and Evgeni Nabokov, who should not even be an Isnader, will make life tough on the Wings forwards.
- The Red Wings have a 46-46-6 overall record against the Islanders and own a 56.3% winning percentage at The Joe.
- Since 2010, the Red Wings are 1-3-1 against the Islanders; this includes the shootout loss and 5-0 blow out, which were both in Long Island earlier this season.
- Gustav Nyquist returns to the line-up tonight!
- Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm are game time decisions and could be back in the line-up as well, which would be a huge boost for the Red Wings.
- Danny DeKeyser had a bit of a rough return to the line-up because of a turnover, which resulted in a game tying goal for Toronto, but given more time he will return to the DeKeyser we fell in love with.
- Jonas Gustavsson had 4 goals against in the Leafs game, but made a lot of big saves which kept the Wings in the game. He is turning back into the Monster of old.
- Jakub Kindl will most likely sit again because of the win against the Leafs. Babcock does not like to change the line-up after victories, but he will make changes on offense for Nyquist and Abdelkader/Helm, if they can return.
- Jordin Tootoo will likely be the odd man out and was pretty invisible during the Leafs game, but that could be because he only played 5:38 minutes all game. Tootoo will be reassigned to Grand Rapids today.
- If Abdelkader and Helm return the other odd men out would be Riley Sheahan and Patrick Eaves.
Prediction: The Wings would like to keep their streak going tonight, but this time they will finish the game out in regulation. 3-1 Wings victory.