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Preview Of Tonight's Game Against The New York Islanders

12/15/2018 at 1:59pm EST

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak.

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has four assists during a three-game point streak.

They said it

"They're right there. They've still got a lot of talent, they still have a lot of guys that can put the puck in the net. It looks like they're getting some structure, they're not letting up too many goals. I haven't watched too many games with them, but they're going to be fine and they're going to be right there until the end. With or without [John Tavares], it's still a really good hockey team." -- Red Wings center Frans Nielsen

"It's big. I think we've given away points a couple of times lately. Heading on the road playing some good teams, we just need to win the game tonight." -- Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck

Status report

Neither Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill or Islanders coach Barry Trotz was willing to divulge any lineup information. … Howard, Frk and Megan participated in an optional morning skate after the Red Wings lost 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators in Detroit on Friday. … Kuhnhackl and Sbisa stayed on the ice after the Islanders morning skate, a sign they won't play. … Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) at the 2014 NHL Draft, is expected to make his season debut.

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added 2:04pm, Below, watch Frans Nielsen before the puck drops tonight.

added 2:37pm, Over 4 minutes of Blashill after the skate is below.

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