New York Islanders (22-17-9) at Detroit Red Wings (20-21-9)
7:30 p.m. Joe Louis Arena
Radio: 880AM - WCBS, 88.7FM - WRHU
In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the New York Islanders are back in contention for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, their longest point streak of the season, and are five points back of the Philadelphia Flyers with four games in hand.
After beating two division leaders - Montreal and Washington - and one of the league's top teams - Columbus - the Islanders look to continue their winning streak in Detroit on Friday night (7:30 p.m., MSG+).
The Red Wings are last place in the Eastern Conference, but that doesn't make Friday's contest a gimme for the Islanders. The Red Wings won the first meeting this season 4-3 in overtime and the Islanders are 2-3-1 in their last six games against the Wings. The Islanders have also lost their last two trips to Joe Louis Arena, which is set to close its doors at the end of the season. The Islanders will play their final game at "The Joe" on Feb. 21.
Hickey and Clutterbuck Likely In:
Interim Coach Doug Weight said Thomas Hickey and Cal Clutterbuck will likely return to the Islanders' lineup on Friday night, but wants to decide after the team arrives in Detroit. Hickey missed two straight games with a lower-body injury, while Clutterbuck missed Tuesday's win over Washington.
Weight didn't specify who'd come out of the lineup or how Hickey/Clutterbuck's insertions would impact the lines and d-pairs.
Thomas Greiss In Goal, Berube on Saturday:
Thomas Greiss will start in goal on Friday night against the Red Wings, Weight told reporters on Thursday. Greiss, who signed a three-year deal on Monday, is 5-0-1 in his last six games and hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 14. Greiss is 15-7-3 this season with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.
JF Berube will start on Saturday night on the second half of back-to-back games. Berube picked up his first win of the season on Jan. 21, stopping 34-of-36 shots against the LA Kings.
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Detroit Red Wings Notes:
The Red Wings are 0-2-3 in their last five games, most recently coming off a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Dylan Larkin returned to the Red Wings' lineup on Tuesday after missing two games with an upper-body injury. While Larkin is not on the same scoring pace as he was last season, his 12 goals are tied for the Red Wings' lead.
Henrik Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 35 points this season.
Rookie goalie Jared Coreau has started nine of the Red Wings' 14 games, though Jeff Blashill hasn't named a starter for Friday.