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Islanders Game 8 Preview vs. Detroit Red Wings: Lines, Best Bets, How To Watch




The New York Islanders return home to UBS Arena this evening for a matchup with the Detroit Red Wings. Here’s what you need to know in advance.

Mayfield Skates, But Time Table Still Unclear:

Scott Mayfield was back on the ice but was a limited participant at the Islanders’ morning skate today.

Mayfield last appeared in a game on Oct. 14, when he blocked a shot off his left ankle and has been considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury ever since.

“There’s no question he’s day-to-day for a while,” Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said. “To get them back into the mix a little bit and get him accustomed to uncontrolled situations is a good thing for him.”

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Last Time Out:

The Islanders last played on Saturday, picking up a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets behind a 33-save shutout performance from goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Matt Martin scored his first goal of the season, while Kyle Palmieri’s third helped him maintain his point-per-game pace to start the year.

The Opponent:

The Detroit Red Wings arrive on Long Island having lost their last two games, most recently lost to the Boston Bruins 2-0 on Saturday.

Ville Husso is expected to start in goal tonight for Detroit, posting a .894 save percentage in six starts this season.

Despite their troubles in goal, the Red Wings’ offense bolstered them to a 5-3-1 start.

Detroit is the league’s third-best team on the power play and ranks fourth in goals per game. Islanders offseason trade target Alex DeBrincat leads the NHL in goals for the Red Wings while their captain Dylan Larkin ranks second in points.

The last time the Islanders played the Red Wings was on March 4 of last season in a 4-1 victory.

Best Bets:

The Islanders have not lost a game at home to the Red Wings since 2018. With that in mind, you can bet on the Islanders to win tonight’s contest using odds from Draft Kings.

Who To Watch:

The defense pair of Alexander Romanov and Ryan Pulock has been a weapon for the Islanders. The duo is the only pairing in the NHL to play at least 50 minutes together and not have any goals scored against them at 5-on-5. Granted, they haven’t produced a goal yet, either, but the Islanders will make that trade-off every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

How To Watch:

Puck drop between the Islanders and Red Wings from UBS Arena is scheduled for just past 7:30 p.m. EST. The game can be seen on MSG Network and streamed on MSG+ or ESPN+ for out-of-market viewers. 88.7 FM WRHU will broadcast the radio feed of the game, which can also be heard on 103.9 FM WRCN.