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Islanders at Red Wings preview

ISLANDERS (13-11-3) at RED WINGS (13-12-4)

7 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to avoid another third-period collapse when they play the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

The Red Wings gave up a 5-3 lead in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, then had to score in overtime on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs to win 5-4 after they couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead in the third period. Jonathan Bernier, who got the win against Toronto, will start consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Islanders have lost four of their past five (1-3-1), scoring two goals or fewer in four of the five games. Forward Anders Lee has scored goals in each of his past four games, but center Mathew Barzal has been held to one assist in his past five.

 

Players to watch

Islanders forward Josh Bailey, who is tied with Lee for the team lead with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists), has one assist in his past five games. He needs one point to reach 400 in his NHL career.

Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past six games. He is tied for the team lead in scoring with 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists).

 

They said it

“When you aren’t getting goals, you need someone to get hot and try to get the team going. Anders [Lee] has done that for us before and he’s doing it again. He gets to the blue paint and makes things happen.” ­ — Islanders coach Barry Trotz

 

“It was tough to watch the last two games, but the guys played two great games against two tough teams. We knew we had to start bearing down on our scoring chances, and it is paying off.” — Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who returns after a two-game suspension

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee — Brock NelsonJordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey

Tom KuhnhacklValtteri FilppulaLeo Komarov

Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk

Thomas HickeyRyan Pulock

Luca SbisaScott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Adam Pelech, Ross Johnston, Christopher Gibson

Injured: Andrew Ladd (lower body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist — Dylan LarkinJustin Abdelkader

Tyler Bertuzzi — Frans NielsenAndreas Athanasiou

Jacob de la RoseLuke GlendeningMichael Rasmussen

Martin FrkChristoffer EhnThomas Vanek

Jonathan EricssonNick Jensen

Niklas KronwallMike Green

Luke WitkowskiDennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Wade Megan

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Darren Helm (upper body), Anthony Mantha (hand), Danny DeKeyser (hand), Trevor Daley (lower body)

 

Status report

Lehner will back up Greiss after missing the past two games with an undisclosed injury. … Daley skated Saturday morning but will not play.

 

Stat pack

Greiss is 1-3-0 in his past four starts with an .876 save percentage. … Larkin has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games, and needs one assist for 100 in the NHL.

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