New York will look to get off to a much better start on Monday afternoon after surrendering the first four goals in a 6-3 loss at Carolina on Saturday that ended its three-game win streak.
"For whatever reason, we didn't start on time," coach Jack Capuano said. "You play 82 games, it's going to happen. Let's not kid ourselves."
John Tavares has 14 points in nine games after getting two in each of the last two. The All-Star center has scored a goal in four of the past five games after netting his team-leading 21st against the Hurricanes. He has four goals and 10 assists in 11 career games versus Detroit and scored on a power play Feb. 6.
Jaroslav Halak gave up four goals on 13 shots and was lifted midway through the second period. He was chased again Saturday, surrendering six on 28 shots through two.
While that may be reason enough for Capuano to start Thomas Greiss, Halak has a 3.46 GAA and .878 save percentage while going 6-6-1 in 14 games against the Wings.
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Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: Today is a huge game for the Islanders for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are coming off a horrendous outing Saturday in Carolina, a game in which head coach Jack Capuano alluded yesterday was played with a number of players under the weather. There is a flu bug going around NHL locker rooms and it cost Cal Clutterbuck a game against the Hurricanes.
Secondly, with Washington on the calendar Thursday night in Brooklyn before heading out on their longest road trip of the season - seven games with the last one in New York City - it would really benefit the team to head into that trip feeling good about its game. They will play 14 of their 18 games following the Capitals tilt on the road.
The Isles have lost two to Detroit since January 25 and in convincing fashion, being outscored 9-3. Good things are happening, however, especially offensively for a number of key Islanders. Nick Leddy (7 pts last 7 games), Kyle Okposo (8 in 5) and Tavares (14 in 8) have woken up and are producing to their career levels. Brock Nelson will once again try for point number 100 of his career.