WGD: Game 34: Red Wings vs. Islanders

Less than 24 hours ago the Red Wings were battling the Ottawa Senators in Detroit. After a bitter loss the team now hopes on a plane and heads for New York where they play the New York Islanders in the second half of a back-to-back.

This is a special game for the Islanders brass. The game will be played at the historic Nassau Coliseum which saw the Islanders lift four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 80s. The Islanders defeated the Wings in their own barn a week ago, so answering back with a win of their own in this unique venue would feel pretty sweet for the club.

The Red Wings

Red Wings lines via DailyFaceoff

Dennis Cholowski
Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall
Nick Jensen
Jonathan Ericsson
Filip Hronek

Nothing much has changed in the lineup from last night. Thomas Vanek and Christoffer Ehn are flip-flopped but I doubt we see Ehn up that long all game.

The injury bug has hit the Red Wings hard, which has led the way for Filip Hronek to get back in the lineup. Being called up just yesterday he mostly likely hasn’t had enough time to prepare himself for different responsibilities. Strapped for time, he’ll probably be off the 2nd power-play unit once again. Expect Niklas Kronwall to serve that role tonight.

The Islanders

Islanders lines via DailyFaceoff

The Isles have struggled mightily to produce offense this year. They rank 2nd last in the league in shots/GP, 8th last in GF/GP, and 5th last in powerplay percentage. The struggle to find the offensive groove they found last year is mainly due to their depth. There is not a whole lot of fire power towards the bottom of their lineup.

The big names are who the Wings will have to worry about. Mat Barzal can break open a game at any point with his game-breaking speed. Containing him will have to be a priority. The Wings have been getting torched as of late by their opponent’s superstar players.

Between the Pipes

Jonathan Bernier vs Thomas Griess

Both of these net-minders are unconfirmed. Bernier is the most likely to start, with Jimmy Howard having just started last night. If it is Bernier who gets the call this would be his 12th start of the season.

On the other side of the ice it looks to be Thomas Griess in the crease. Robin Lehner was awful in the Islanders loss to Vegas on Wednesday. It’d be hard to see Barry Trotz going back to Lehner tonight.

Where to Watch

The game kicks off at 7:00 P.M. ET and will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Detroit, MSG+, and NHL.TV.

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