Red Wings confirm starting goaltender vs. Islanders

Detroit will go for seven straight wins.



The good times in Hockeytown appear to have returned, as the Detroit Red Wings continued their impressive roll with their 6th straight victory last night with an 8-3 shellacking of the visiting Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena. 

Seven different Red Wings players accounted for Detroit's eight goals, with defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere breaking a personal slump by scoring twice, his first tallies in 25 games. 

The win further solidified Detroit's hold on the 1st Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, coupled with the regulation loss of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Additionally, Detroit is now within a pair of points of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 3rd overall spot in the Atlantic Division. 

Detroit will have a chance to make it seven straight victories tomorrow night when they host Patrick Roy and the New York Islanders, who like Washington, are in pure desperation mode. At 62 points, they're one point behind the Capitals in the standings and seven points back of the final Wild Card spot.

And as announced by head coach Derek Lalonde following today's practice, it will be goaltender Alex Lyon once again getting the nod between the pipes for Detroit tomorrow.

Lyon has proven himself to be one of the true unsung heroes for the Red Wings this season, holding an impressive record of 18-8-2 with a 2.69 goals against average and .914 save percentage along with a pair of shutouts. It's especially ironic that he's taken over as the de facto starting goaltender after starting the season third on the team depth chart behind Ville Husso and James Reimer. 

With the lineup expected to remain the same for tomorrow's game, take a look at the line combinations: 

Alex DeBrincat-Dylan Larkin-Patrick Kane
Michael Rasmussen-J.T. Compher-Lucas Raymond
David Perron-Andrew Copp-Joe Veleno
Robby Fabbri-Christian Fischer-Daniel Sprong

Jake Walman-Moritz Seider
Ben Chiarot-Jeff Petry
Olli Maatta-Shayne Gostisbehere

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