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(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will make their first appearance at Nassau Coliseum in more than three years tonight, when the Western Conference powers visit the New York Islanders.

Detroit last played on Long Island on December 17, 2002, when these teams skated to a 2-2 tie. The Red Wings had won three straight at the Coliseum prior to the deadlock and are 6-1-2 (two ties) in their last nine games as the visitor in this series.

The Islanders did take the most recent showdown between the clubs, posting a 2-1 decision in the Motor City last season.

New York will be attempting to build off a nice comeback victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres over the weekend. The Isles tallied three unanswered goals in the third period to rally for a 5-3 triumph Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

Randy Robitaille scored the go-ahead marker with 3:09 left to play while Arron Asham notched two goals for New York, which had dropped four of five coming in. Rick DiPietro turned away 27-of-30 shots between the pipes.

The Islanders, who are 12-9-3 on home ice for the season, will begin a three- game road trip Thursday at Atlanta.

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