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Red Wings at Islanders: Sorokin in Net for NY



Joe Veleno, Detroit Red Wings

Game Facts

Who: Red Wings at New York Islanders

Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, N.Y.

TV/Radio: Bally Sports/WWJ (950 AM)

Records: Red Wings 5-3-1, Islanders 4-2-1.

Things  to Look For

The Red Wings are looking to finish a stretch of four games in seven days. It hasn’t been a good stretch, with all three games played so far ending in losses. They’re currently tied with Toronto and the surprising Canadiens for second place in the Atlantic Division, a point ahead of Tampa Bay. …

Coach Derek Lalonde is looking for a better effort tonight than what he saw in Boston in Saturday’s loss.  “We got to be a little harder, a little more simple,” he said. “It’s a microcosm of the game, we have an entry, literally off the face-off, we turn it over on the blue line, they come down, they chip it, they establish a forecheck, they get three chances, and that’s their top guys. I think we can simplify our offense a little bit and be a little harder around the scoring area.” …

The Wings are looking to break a Long Island losing streak. They’ve lost seven in a row on the road to the Islanders in three different arenas: the Barclays Center, the Nassau Coliseum,  and UBS Arena. They haven’t beaten the Islanders on the road since Dec. 19, 2017. …

Ilya Sorokin will be in net for the Islanders.

Joe Veleno, who scored Detroit’s only goal on Saturday, has five this season in nine games. Last season he had nine in 81 games. “Obviously it’s still early on in the season,” he said. “We try not to think of it that way. We know deep down that they’re meaningful games. We gotta beat the best of the best to be the best.  We gotta forget about this one, go to Long Island and show some more compete there.”