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Red Wings still have no answer for … the Islanders?

Jan 10, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

Many people likely believed that the salary cap era would spell the end to the Detroit Red Wings’ reign of dominance in the NHL.

That largely hasn’t been true, but for whatever reason, the Wings haven’t been able to solve one of the league’s hapless franchises since the lockout ended as the New York Islanders are 5-0-1 against them in that span. It wasn’t exactly as if the Isles squeaked by the Red Wings, either, as they defeated Datsyuk-less Detroit 5-1 tonight.

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Then again, the Islanders apparently play better against unfamiliar foes, as they’re now 15-1-7 in their last 23 games against the Western Conference. It doesn’t change much about the Isles’ situation in the East, but the young team can use any reason for optimism.

  1. bcisleman - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    This game featured what I am calling The John Tavares Hat Trick (apologies to Gordie). He was hit in the face with a puck (had to briefly leave the game), came back and scored a goal and an assist all in the same period.

    Now all the Isles have to do is go on a roll, make the playoffs, get through the first three rounds, and hope that the Wings make the Finals as well.

    Seriously though, this is proof that the Isles can be better. When they leave it all on the ice, they are capable of beating anyone. It just doesn’t happen too often is all. Do they need a new coach or is this just a case of The Room having to suck it up and perform?

    • Chris - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      I wouldn’t call it proof per say…..hope? Sure

      Also the Wings have played 3 road games in the past 4 days, so I’m going to cut them some slack tonight.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:12 AM

        I’d tend to agree. Also, for whatever reason, it seems lousy teams often find another gear against formidable opponents. As a Leafs fan I’ve witnessed that phenomenon for years.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        One year the Habs, Sens, and Wings were the top 3 teams in the league. The Leafs played them plus the Panthers one week. They beat the big 3 but lost 8-0 to the Panthers. Some things just have no logical explanation.

      • zach28 - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:53 AM

        @1943mrmojorisin1971- the logical explaination for that is the leafs beat the top 3 teams in the league and they were very tough games physically and mentally, then they played the panthers likely either back to back or a day later and they were dead tired from playing and beating the top 3 teams in the league. #boom

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:24 AM

        It was the second game of the 4, a whole 3 days after the first one. #nicetrysmartass

  2. comeonnowguys - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Sometimes, lesser teams just have your number in ways that may or may not defy explanation. Not terribly uncommon in sports.

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