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Monday, December 23rd (All times Eastern)

New York Islanders (10-20-7) at Detroit Red Wings (17-12-9), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to head into the NHL's Christmas break with a third straight victory when they welcome the lowly New York Islanders for Monday's tilt at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings have posted back-to-back wins on the heels of an 0-4-2 stretch from Dec. 7-17. Detroit halted the six-game slide with Thursday's overtime win against visiting Calgary and then hit the road for to earn a 5-4 shootout win Saturday in Toronto.

Although Detroit coughed up a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes in allowing the Maple Leafs to send the game to overtime, the Red Wings were happy to finally win in the shootout. The Red Wings had lost six shootouts this season and an NHL- record 11 straight overall before coming through on Saturday.

Toronto overcame a two-goal deficit to grab a 4-3 lead by the midway point of the third period before Detroit's Tomas Tatar potted the equalizer with 6:16 remaining in regulation.

Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk both scored during the penalty shot tiebreaker for Detroit, while former Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson earned the victory. Gustavsson stopped 19-of-23 shots through regulation and OT before stopping both Toronto shooters in the decisive segment.

"It was nice that [Gustavsson] saves the first one then I score and put a little more pressure on them going into the second round. We're in desperate need of points and getting that extra one, it's a good feeling," said Alfredsson.

Tomas Jurco had a goal and an assist in regulation for Detroit, while Riley Sheahan notched two assists.

Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader has missed the last four games with a head injury and is expected to sit out tonight. Detroit is also currently playing without No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard and a host of key forwards, including captain Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Stephen Weiss.

Detroit is just 6-9-6 as the host this season compared to a solid 11-3-3 mark on the road. The Red Wings will begin a stretch of seven road dates in eight games when they emerge from the Christmas break to visit Florida on Saturday.

The Islanders, meanwhile, enter Monday having lost four of five and 14 of their last 16 games. However, New York has had success in recent years against Detroit, winning six of the last eight meetings in this series overall, including three straight in the Motor City.

After downing the rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday, the Isles fell 5-3 the following night against a visiting Anaheim Ducks club. The Ducks trailed New York by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes before scoring four unanswered goals in the third to win going away.

Kyle Palmieri potted the game-winner with 6:16 left for the Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf recorded a hat trick for the visitors.

Thomas Vanek scored twice in the loss and Frans Nielsen added a goal for the Islanders. Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on 30 shots in the setback.

"The main focus tonight was the discipline and the decision-making with the puck, with the size of the guys they have," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "They can wear you down, and they have some offensive [defensemen] who can jump into the play and give you problems."

New York is playing three of its next four games on the road, beginning with this evening's test in Motown. The Isles are just 5-13-0 as the visiting team this season.

12/23 11:00:44 ET

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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
Colorado 4/24 9:30 PM ET
Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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