The New York Islanders will host the Detroit Red Wings in an Eastern Conference tilt Tuesday night from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Red Wings were crushed 5-1 by the Sabres on Sunday, and the Islanders were topped 6-2 by the Rangers on Monday night. The Islanders posted a 4-1 road win in the lone meeting this season.
Red Wings Starting to Turn the Corner
The last-place Detroit Red Wings have not been quite as terrible recently. They are 3-3 in their last six games overall which included wins against the Canadiens and Sens. Detroit was thrashed 5-1 by the Sabres in Detroit on Sunday night.
Tyler Bertuzzi has earned three points in his last three games overall. The 24-year old left-winger is having a solid season, netting a team-leading 16 goals along with 18 assists. Bertuzzi picked up an assist in the loss to the Islanders in November. Dylan Larkin is playing well, collecting at least one point in five consecutive games. The 23-year old center is having a bit of a disappointing season from a production standpoint, recording 29 points in 45 games on the season. Detroit is an awful 4-16-1-1 on the road this season.
The Red Wings had Jimmy Howard in net in Sunday’s 5-1 loss. Howard is having a terrible season, posting a 4.10 GAA and an .880 save percentage accompanied with a 2-15-1 record. Bernier is questionable for this one. He has been decent, filing a 2.99 GAA and a 10-12-2 record. Detroit is averaging an NHL-worst 2.2 goals per game. They are also last with an average of 3.8 goals against per game.
Islanders Open Homestand Looking to Avoid Third Straight Loss
The New York Islanders will open a three-game homestand in this one. They have lost two straight games which included a rough 6-2 road loss to the Rangers on Monday night. New York is 4-5-1 in their last ten games overall.
Mathew Barzal was held off the scoresheet in Monday’s defeat. Overall, the Islanders' top offensive threat is playing well, recording three points in his last three games, and he is up to 17 goals and 20 assists on the season. Barzal recorded an assist in the win against Detroit earlier this season.
Brock Nelson ended his slump with a two-point effort in Monday’s defeat. The 28-year old center has three points this month, and 16 goals along with 17 assists on the season. The Islanders are tough to beat on home ice where they stand at 14-5-2-1 on the season.
18 SECONDS IN NO BIG DEAL! pic.twitter.com/TUwGxQthxE— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 14, 2020
New York will have Thomas Greiss between the pipes in this one after Varlamov got the start on Monday night. Greiss is having a solid season, recording a 12-7 record accompanied with a 2.59 GAA and a stellar .919 save percentage. The Islanders are scoring an average of 2.8 goals on the season, ranking them 21st in the NHL. They are holding opponents to 2.6 goals, good for third overall.
The Detroit Red Wings are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Islanders.
- 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on one day of rest.
- 11-40 in their last 51 games following a loss of three or more goals.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The New York Islanders are:
- 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on zero days of rest.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss or three or more goals.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games when playing their third game in four days.