Preview: Detroit at NY Islanders

When: 5:00 PM  ET, Sunday, March 29, 2015
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Matchup Edge
DET Edge in: NYI
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The New York Islanders look to regain sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division when they wrap up a four-game homestand against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Islanders are winless in their last seven home contests (0-6-1) and have seen Pittsburgh pull even in points with a game in hand. Both New York and Detroit are playing their second contest in as many days after competing in afternoon games on Saturday.

The Red Wings and Islanders split a pair of games in the Motor City earlier in the season, with New York winning 2-1 in December and Detroit prevailing 4-1 in January. Jaroslav Halak is expected to start versus the Red Wings after Michal Neuvirth was in net for the Islanders's 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Saturday, while Petr Mrazek has been confirmed as the starter for Detroit. Mrazek posted a 23-save shutout in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday and appears to be stealing the starting job away from Jimmy Howard, who allowed eight goals on 32 shots in his last two starts.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Detroit Plus, MSG Plus (New York)

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (40-22-12): Pavel Datsyuk played on Saturday for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on March 15. Erik Cole missed the contest with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss Sunday’s game. Justin Abdelkader has a goal in each of his last four games and 10 tallies in 13 March contests.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (44-27-5): Halak is having his best month statistically since November with a 1.99 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in seven March starts. Veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored Saturday in his first game since March 13 due to a lower-body injury. Mikhail Grabovski is not close to returning from a concussion, according to coach Jack Capuano.

OVERTIME

1. Detroit is 12-6-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents, while the Islanders are 10-10-2 against the Atlantic.

2. Islanders F Brock Nelson recorded a goal and two assists in the two previous meetings with Detroit.

3. The Red Wings haven’t defeated the Islanders in consecutive meetings since 2003.

PREDICTION: Islanders 4, Red Wings 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Detroit 40-22-3-9 W1 21-8-1-7 19-14-2-2 7-2-0-1 33-20-3-8 10-11-1-5
NY Islanders 44-27-1-4 L3 23-14-0-1 21-13-1-3 3-5-0-1 41-22-1-3 20-5-0-1

Last Meeting

Detroit NY Islanders
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/31/15 NYI 1 DET 4 19 22 2-4 23 15 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
DET P. Datsyuk 1
NYI B. Nelson 1
Goals Player  
DET J. Ericsson 1
NYI L. Visnovsky 1
Assists Player  
DET P. Datsyuk 1
NYI B. Nelson 1
Saves Player  
DET P. Mrazek 22
NYI C. Johnson 15
Season
Total Points Player  
DET H. Zetterberg 61
NYI J. Tavares 74
Goals Player  
DET T. Tatar 27
NYI J. Tavares 34
Assists Player  
DET H. Zetterberg 45
NYI J. Tavares 40
Saves Player  
DET J. Howard 1140
NYI J. Halak 1359

Quickchart Matchup

Detroit Off vs  NY Islanders Def
2.88 GF
2.72 GA
29.9 Shots
28.1 Shots
65 PP
45 PK
NY Islanders Off vs  Detroit Def
2.93 GF
2.59 GA
33.7 Shots
28.3 Shots
45 PP
48 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -136 123
-101
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -130 110
-110
5.5
Sportsbook.ag
-130
110
-110
5.5
5Dimes -140
130
-102
5.5
GTbets.eu -145 125
-105
5.5
Top Bet -140 120
-110
5.5
BetOnline.ag -140 127
-102
5.5
BetDSI -140 120
-110
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF OFF
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker -140 120
-110
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate -135 125
-105
5.5
Wynn Las Vegas -135 115
-110
5.5
Boyd Gaming -135 115
-110
5.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall NY Islanders
40-22-3-9 W/L 44-27-1-4
34-40 ATS 31-45
33-33 O/U 34-40
2.88 Goals For 2.93
2.59 Goals Agnst 2.72
Detroit A/H NY Islanders
19-14-2-2 W/L 23-14-0-1
19-18 ATS 14-24
15-17 O/U 18-19
2.68 Goals For 3.18
2.84 Goals Agnst 2.68
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