Detroit Red Wings (12-7-7) at New York Islanders (8-14-3)
|Date & Time||Friday November 29, 2013, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders +100 / Detroit Red Wings -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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After a fast start to the season things have been unraveling quickly for the New York Islanders. Losers of four straight and five of their last six, this club just ca't get out of its own way right now. The Islanders haven't allowed less than two goals since their 3-1 win over the offensively abysmal Nashville Predators on November 12th. Aside from that victory the Islanders haven't played anything that resembles defense this month. Evgeni Nabokov's injury was initially looked at as a blessing in disguise by many because they felt he was the biggest problem to New York's woes. Kevin Poulin has come in and made Nabokov looked sorely missed for a young club that lacks veteran presence. The Thomas Vanek trade hasn't provided the type of spark that general manager Garth Snow had hoped for because the team can't keep the puck of their own net. There has been a talk of desperation from this team for weeks now but the results aren't showing on the ice. If things keep heading this direction it might only be a matter of time because Jack Capuano gets the axe. New York will really need to find a way to limit opportunities on Friday because with the Detroit Red Wings coming to town they could get hurt early and often.The Red Wings come to town off one of their most impressive victories of the season on Wednesday night. Six different players scored for Detroit in a 6-1 rout of the Boston Bruins. Justin Abdelkader got things going with a goal in the first period. Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, and Niklas Kronwell scored in the second period. Drew Miller and Gustav Nyquist finished the scoring in the third as Jonas Gustavsson had to make just 16 saves to pick up the win. It was a brilliant effort all the way around for the Red Wings but it's not going to be so easy on Friday afternoon. The Islanders aren't as good as the Bruins but Boston played a terrible game on Wednesday night. If the Red Wings can get their puck possession game going and get pucks on net they should have enough in this one.