Detroit Red Wings vs New York Islanders 1/25/16 Preview
Detroit Red Wings (24-16-8) at New York Islanders (25-15-6) (7 pm EST)
Both teams may be preparing for their final match before the NHL All-Star break, but the vacation hasn’t started yet.
Detroit has been on a nice run of late, including six wins in their last seven road games – but dropped it’s last game, a 4-3 Saturday night defeat at the hands of the the visiting Anaheim Ducks.
Head Coach Jeff Blashill was quoted as saying “I don’t think we played nearly our best in the last game. We’ve got to come in here real determined to do it right for 60 minutes and that gives you, really, your only chance to win. Certainly it doesn’t guarantee success.”
Goalie Petr Mrazek has been on absolute fire in January. He has an impeccable 6-1-1 record, 1.24 GAA and .955 Sv% and was not in goal for the loss to the Ducks. His last start was a 19 save shutout on Friday vs the Sabres.
The usual suspects, Dylan Larkin, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar are always options. Keep in mind that the Red Wings have a few players with bumps and bruises, so be aware of any last minute roster changes as game-time looms near.
The Islanders are 3-0-1 in their last four contests, and are well rested due to #Blizzard2016 postponing their Saturday night game. They have only played three times in the last 11 days, which will be key in tonight’s matchup with the speedy Wings.
John Tavares the Islanders unquestioned leader who has a goal and a trio of assists in his past four games, needs to come up big in this one. He has not been the MVP caliber player he normally is, but the Red Wings have holes on the PK where Johnny T is most dangerous.
Defenceman Nick Leddy is on a three-game point streak, scoring two markers and adding a helper.