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Red Wings-Islanders game-day updates: Nabokov vs. Gustavsson in the nets, Vanek out, Alfredsson iffy
by George Malik on 11/16/13 at 12:33 PM ET
Updated 8x at 2:34 PM: The Detroit Red Wings need to rebound from their latest home setback against the Washington Capitals when they tangle with the New York Islanders this evening (7 PM EST, FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), and the Islanders report that the Wings won't have to battle Thomas Vanek this evening, but they will have to solve an alumnus of a sort:
#Isles forward @T_Vanek26 is on the ice for morning skate. Game status update to come shortly from HC Jack Capuano.
Capuano: Nabokov in goal tonight. Same #Isles skaters as the last game meaning Vanek remains day-to-day.
NHL.com's John Kreiser reminds us why the Wings needed to get away from Joe Louis Arena so very desperately...
Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders -- The Red Wings probably are happy to be on the road; they're winless in their past seven (0-1-6) at Joe Louis Arena, including a 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday in which they couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in the third period. The good news was that Johan Franzen scored twice and Detroit got all three goals from its secondary scorers. The Islanders know about problems at home; they're coming off a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in which they blew a 2-0 third-period lead. New York has dropped five of its past six games.
The Red Wings' Game Day Blog offers something of a game-framing preview...
Long Island Bound
While the Red Wings have at least one point in eight of its past 10 games, they'll look to get two in the W column tonight in New York. Detroit is probably glad to hit the road; the Wings have struggled at home of late, including a 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday. The Islanders are coming off a lost third-period lead of their own; they saw a 2-0 advantage turn into a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
The most optimistic note for Detroit was that it scored three goals against Washington without getting any from its top line. Johan Franzen scored twice, matching his production through Detroit's first 19 games, and set up defenseman Danny DeKeyser's goal late in the second period.
"We got two out of (Franzen)... that’s good secondary scoring," coach Mike Babcock said. "Normally when we’ve gotten any secondary scoring we’ve been able to win the game. I thought that was a positive thing for us. I thought our power play was good too. But we need to find a way to get one more to win the game. That's the bottom line.
And I believe that I'm allowed to pick on the Capitals' PR staff for a doofy typo:
The Washington Capitals defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 (SO) at Joe Lewis Arena last night. The win improved Washington to 6-1-1 this month and 11-8-1 this season. The Capitals franchise record for highest winning percentage in the month of November is .786, accomplished when Washington went 10-2-2 in Nov. 2010. The Capitals have posted a .813 winning percentage this month and have seven games remaining in November.
News from the Wings' morning skate hit quickly, and it appears that we'll have to wait until just before puck drop to find out whether the Wings will require Luke Glendening's services this evening (as the Wings recalled him thanks to Daniel Alfredsson missing last night's game with a tweake-during-the-warm-up groin issue), per the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
Alfie is a gametime decision...Glendening is being recalled just in case...Gustavsson is starting
And MLive's Brendan Savage:
Gustavsson starting for #RedWings; Alfredsson a game-time decision
Optional skate for the Wings this morning? You bet:
On ice for #RedWings: Gustavsson, Howard, Weiss, Smith
For the record, Wings prospect Mattias Janmark missed a pair of games for AIK Stockholm after suffering a knee injury while playing for Sweden at the Karjala Cup, but he's back in the lineup, and he's registered an assist in AIK's in-progress game against Frolunda today.
In the Twitter department...
And here are Ken Kal's Keys to the Game:
Get Off to a Good Start - The Wings have started slow the past two times out on the Island and it cost them. We need to put the pedal to the metal right from the opening face off.
Take it to their D - The Islanders have some young blueliners. Detroit needs to work them hard by making them skate in their defensive zone and tire them out.
Finish - Play a complete game, a full 60 minutes. Get the lead and keep it.
Update #8: Here's the Islanders' game-day set-up video--and it includes comments from Chris Osgood:
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