Game Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders 2/29/2024

Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Islanders 3/21

The Detroit Red Wings will take on the New York Islanders in the middle game of their three-game homestand. The Red Wings are coming off an 8-3 win over the Capitals on Tuesday night, while the Islanders are coming off a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Detroit Red Wings (33-20-6, 72 Points) vs. New York Islanders (24-20-14, 62 Points)

When: Thursday, February 29
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, MI)
TV: Bally Sports Detroit

Scoring Leaders

Detroit Red Wings

Points: Alex DeBrincat – 53
Goals: Dylan Larkin – 26
Assists: Lucas Raymond – 34

New York Islanders

Points: Mathew Barzal – 61
Goals: Brock Nelson – 25
Assists: Noah Dobson – 53

Expected Line Combinations

Detroit Red Wings

Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Larkin – Patrick Kane
Michael Rasmussen – J.T. Compher – Lucas Raymond
Joe Veleno – Andrew Copp – David Perron
Robby Fabbri – Christian Fischer – Daniel Sprong
Jake Walman – Moritz Seider
Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry
Shayne Gostisbehere – Olli Maatta

New York Islanders

Brock Nelson – Bo Horvat – Mathew Barzal
Anders Lee – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Kyle Palmieri
Pierre Engvall – Casey Cizikas – Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin – Kyle Maclean – Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech – Noah Dobson
Alexander Romanov – Ryan Pulock
Mike Reilly – Sebastian Aho

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By The Numbers:

League Ranking

Detroit Red Wings

PP%: 23.5 (8)
PK%: 81.7 (9)
GF P/G: 3.58 (4)
GA P/G: 3.15 (20)
Faceoff %: 49.7 (17)

New York Islanders

PP%: 22.2 (13)
PK%: 71.0 (32)
GF P/G: 2.91 (22)
GA P/G: 3.33 (24)
Faceoff %: 50.9 (12)

Red Wings Player to Watch: Daniel Sprong

Sprong has played in 59 games this season and has 38 points coming on 16 goals and 22 assists. He is fourth on the team in goals and points and sixth in assists. In his last five games, he has four points on two goals and two assists. On the power play, he has 12 points on three goals and nine assists.

Sprong’s Line Assignments

Sprong will be on the fourth line playing with Robby Fabbri and Christian Fischer.  He will also play on the second power-play unit with Fabbri, Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and Moritz Seider.

Sprong’s career vs. Islanders

Sprong in his career against the Islanders has played in 15 games and has recorded 11 points on eight goals and three assists. In the prior meeting, Sprong scored a goal in the Red Wings 4-3 overtime win.

Between The Pipes

Detroit: Alex Lyon (18-8-2, 2.69 GAA)

Lyon last played on Tuesday against the Capitals, and he got the win stopping 18 of the 21 shots he faced. He has never faced the Islanders in his career

New York: Ilya Sorokin (18-13-11, 3.11 GAA)

Sorokin last played on Monday against the Stars a game in which he won as he stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced. In his career against the Red Wings, he is 3-1-2 in seven games; he got the start in the matchup earlier this year taking the loss in overtime.

Wrap Up

Tonight is a crucial game for the Detroit Red Wings as they wrap up February since the calendar turned to 2024 they are 16-4-2 and in February they are 7-2-0 which has helped them create this separation from all the teams behind them and have fans thinking of playoffs as the calendar flips to March. The Red Wings will look to extend their win streak to seven games tonight and have a chance to grab another two points on their lead in the Wild Card. With a win tonight and a loss by Toronto the Red Wings would also tie the Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division however Toronto would have the edge with a game in hand but the chance of moving out of the Wild Card discussion is closing in.

In their last ten games against New York, Detroit is 4-6-0, and have been outscored 34-20 in those ten games. Detroit beat the Islanders back on October 30th, 4-3 in overtime.

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