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Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders [Game 34]

Frans Nielsen returns

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
97.1 FM WXYT FSD Barclays Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
26th 48.4% Points Percentage 59.1% 13th
8th 17.65% Net Power Play Percentage 13.16% 25th
3rd 88.29% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 77.00% 31st
6th 105.94% Combined Special Teams Percentage 90.16% 31st
26th 2.69 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.58 2nd
24th 3.22 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.45 29th
23rd -.28 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .42 7th
19th 49.21% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 49.79% 18th
26th 47.29% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.94% 17th
28th 98.21% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.54% 6th
25th 6.88% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.74% 1st
28th 91.33% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.80% 21st
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
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The New York Islanders take to the ice with a bevy of injuries to speak of and a lineup that looks dicey. Fortunately for them, their opponents in tonight's matchup - the Detroit Red Wings - haven't exactly been stellar in their own right. This one still looks dicey for the Islanders however as the bottom six continues their lackluster play and the defense is without two of its three best left handed defensemen in the lineup.

The Islanders made things closer than they should have in their last contest against the Los Angeles Kings before winning it in overtime by a score of four to three. The Kings were playing their second game of a back-to-back and took it to the Islanders for a two to nothing lead before they faltered in the third. The Islanders managed to take a three to two lead, but the Kings managed to tie it late with a controversial goal while they had the extra attacker.

They escaped with two points, but it was a costly injury as they lost Calvin de Haan for some period of time (some reports earlier stated that he could be out for the rest of the regular season). Thomas Hickey won't be ready until Thursday at the earliest which means tonight's contest will feature a heavy dosage of one of the league's worst defensemen in Dennis Seidenberg. If de Haan is out for a period of time, they may ultimately need to make a move to sure up the blue line.

The forwards for tonight's contest won't change. Shane Prince is still on his conditioning stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while Alan Quine picks up the healthy scratch. There was some conjecture that Quine might play tonight as they were rolling 13 forwards - that won't be the case.

The Islanders have a heavy advantage at even strength in tonight's contest while Detroit has a huge advantage in special teams. If the Islanders avoid the sin bin then this should ultimately go down as a win. A four to three victory with a Frans Nielsen hat trick would be ideal.

Thomas Greiss mans the crease for the Islanders. Detroit will employ Petr Mrazek on the opposite end. Both goalies have struggled tremendously and this has all the makings of a high scoring affair.

The game will air on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7:05 P.M.

Detroit Red Wings Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Luke Glendening
Anthony Mantha David Booth Martin Frk
Left Defence Right Defense
Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall Nick Jensen
Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Brock Nelson Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Jason Chimera Anthony Beauvillier Steve Bernier
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech Ryan Pulock
Dennis Seidenberg Scott Mayfield
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak