Red Wings confirm starting goaltender vs. Islanders

Tomorrow night is a massive game!



The Detroit Red Wings have gotten good goaltending for the most part this season from Alex Lyon, whom general manager Steve Yzerman signed during the offseason as a depth move and even started the year 3rd on the depth chart behind Ville Husso and James Reimer. 

An injury to Husso thrust Lyon into action, and for a significant stretch of games, he seemed to claim the starter's role. However, Lyon has recently encountered difficulties, with some attributing them to fatigue, as he has never faced such a heavy workload at the NHL level until now.

During last night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was Reimer, who earned Detroit's most recent previous win, between the pipes. Despite surrendering an early 2-0 lead, Detroit would eventually secure an overtime win with Reimer making 32 saves.

According to head coach Derek Lalonde's comments following practice today, it will once again be Reimer in net tomorrow against the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena. 

Reimer has a record of 8-7-2 in his first year with the Red Wings, amassing a save percentage of .907 and a goals against average of 2.98 with two shutouts. 

With the Islanders still in close pursuit of Detroit for one of the final two Wild Card playoff spots, tomorrow night's game carries immense significance for both teams. Currently, the Red Wings occupy the 2nd Wild Card position with 76 points. Their recent win against the Blue Jackets granted them two crucial points, extending their lead over New York to three points.

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