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Red Wings-Islanders morning skate Tweets: few personnel changes as Wings face red-hot Islanders

The Red Wings face a scorching hot Islanders team this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG Plus/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), with the Islanders having won 3 straight and 6 of their past 7 games (6-0-1). The Wings are mired in a 5-game losing streak (0-2-3).

NewYorkIslanders.com's Cory Wright filed a game preview:

The Islanders are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, their longest point streak of the season, and are five points back of the Philadelphia Flyers with four games in hand.

After beating two division leaders - Montreal and Washington - and one of the league's top teams - Columbus - the Islanders look to continue their winning streak in Detroit on Friday night (7:30 p.m., MSG+).

The Red Wings are last place in the Eastern Conference, but that doesn't make Friday's contest a gimme for the Islanders. The Red Wings won the first meeting this season 4-3 in overtime and the Islanders are 2-3-1 in their last six games against the Wings. The Islanders have also lost their last two trips to Joe Louis Arena, which is set to close its doors at the end of the season. The Islanders will play their final game at "The Joe" on Feb. 21.


Hickey and Clutterbuck Likely In: Interim Coach Doug Weight said Thomas Hickey and Cal Clutterbuck will likely return to the Islanders' lineup on Friday night, but wants to decide after the team arrives in Detroit. Hickey missed two straight games with a lower-body injury, while Clutterbuck missed Tuesday's win over Washington.

Weight didn't specify who'd come out of the lineup or how Hickey/Clutterbuck's insertions would impact the lines and d-pairs.

Thomas Greiss In Goal, Berube on Saturday: Thomas Greiss will start in goal on Friday night against the Red Wings, Weight told reporters on Thursday. Greiss, who signed a three-year deal on Monday, is 5-0-1 in his last six games and hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 14. Greiss is 15-7-3 this season with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

Wright continues, and MLive's Brendan Savage filed a game preview from the Wings' perspective:

* The Red Wings are 0-2-3 in their last five games, matching their longest skid of the season. They also dropped five straight from Oct. 29-Nov. 6, going 0-4-1 in that stretch. It came on the heels of a six-game winning streak, their longest of the season. The first five-game skid was part of a stretch that saw the Red Wings go 2-8-1 and plummet in the standings. Detroit is 4-5-5 in its last 14 games.

* This is the second of three meetings between the Red Wings and Islanders this season. The Red Wings own the first matchup 4-3 in overtime Dec. 4 in Brooklyn on Danny DeKeyser's goal 62 seconds into OT. Mike Green scored twice for the Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg connected once, Tomas Tatar had two assists and Petr Mrazek made 32 saves. They'll meet for the final time Feb. 21 in Detroit.

* Mrazek has a 4-2-0 record, 2.50 GAA and .911 save percentage in seven career appearances vs. the Islanders. ... Jared Coreau has never faced the Islanders in 12 career games. ... New York's Thoams Greiss has a 1-0-1 record, 2.31 GAA and .913 save percentage in three career games vs. Detroit. ... Jean-Francois Berube has a 0-0-0 record, 2.02 GAA and .857 save percentage in one career appearance vs. the Red Wings.

* John Tavares leads the Islanders in goals (19) and points (41). ... Josh Bailey's 24 assists top the Islanders. ... Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's plus-21 rating not only leads the Islanders but is among the best in the NHL. ... Greiss has a 15-7-3 record, 2.24 GAA and .928 save percentage with two shutouts in 26 games this season. ... Berube is 1-2-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .916 save percentage in six games.

The Red Wings hit the ice for their morning skate at Joe Louis Arena, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

#RedWings lines at skate:
Jurco (extra)


#RedWings defense pairs at skate:
Marchenko, Sproul (extras), Smith (IR)


#RedWings power-play units:
Vanek-Larkin-Sheahan (net), Zetterberg-Green
Helm-Nielsen-Abdelkader (net), Tatar-Kronwall


Nyquist, Mantha not practicing on power play for second day in row, but Blashill said yesterday they might still see time there. #RedWings

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Mrazek in the starter's net. #NYIslanders

The Red Wings...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Mrazek starting tonight it appears

Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a morning skate update in article form:

Petr Mrazek is slated to get the start in net. The Wings sure could use a big game from him, but they could use a big game from almost anyone. They embarrassed themselves with how they started Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. For the 30th time this season, their opponent scored the first goal.

The Wings have shown that they can be good -- remember the 4-0 shutout at Los Angeles? And blanking Montreal last month? And running over Pittsburgh, 6-3?

Based on today's morning skate, Henrik Zetterberg is with Gustav Nyquist and Anthony Mantha, Frans Nielsen with Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin, Darren Helm with Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek, and Riley Sheahan with Luke Glendening and Justin Abdelkader.

The defense pairs are Danny DeKeyser with Mike Green, Niklas Kronwall with Nick Jensen, and Jonathan Ericsson with Xavier Ouellet.

The Islanders come to town on a three-game winning streak.

UPDATE: After the morning skate, per Khan...

Petr Mrazek confirmed as #RedWings starter.

The Wings...

Petr Mrazek in goal tonight. #NYIvsDET #LGRW

In the FYI department:

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My player of the game tonight is Peter for stopping 10 shots in the first 2 minutes.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/03/17 at 11:43 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Sheahan, Helm, Abdelkader and Kronwall on the power play just proves Blashill is in over his head. What’s the definition of insanity again?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/03/17 at 02:03 PM ET

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