NY Islanders (12-12-1) at Detroit (18-7-2) 5:00 pm EST
DETROIT (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders seek their first
win over the Detroit Red Wings in nearly six years when they
open a three-game road trip in the "Motor City" on Sunday.
New York is 0-7-1 against Detroit since a 3-1 victory on
December 27, 1999, including a 6-0 loss here in the only meeting
of the 2003-04 season.
The Red Wings are the last team the Islanders want to see now,
having lost three of their last four games.
New York's latest defeat came Tuesday against Philadelphia. The
Islanders got power-play goals from Jason Blake and Mark
Parrish en route a 3-1 lead, but Garth Snow allowed three goals
to his former team in the final 26 minutes in a 4-3 setback.
The Red Wings also squandered a two-goal lead in their latest
defeat. In Thursday's 3-2 loss to Calgary, Detroit got
first-period goals from Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom,
but rookie Jimmy Howard surrendered three unanswered goals to
take his first career loss.
Detroit is without starting goaltender Manny Legace, who was
awarded NHL Defensive Player of the Month for October, due to a
knee injury and has gone just 6-6-2 since winning 12 of its
first 13 games.