NEW YORK ISLANDERS (34-37-10) AT DETROIT RED WINGS (30-39-12)
7 P.M. - LITTLE CAESARS ARENA
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The New York Islanders 2017-18 season comes to a close on Saturday night. While there's team-wide disappointment in missing the playoffs for a second straight year, the Islanders will look to go out on a winning note.
The Islanders have won two straight heading into the season finale, with players hitting individual milestones against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and sweeping a season series against the New York Rangers on Thursday.
There are still some individual milestones up for grabs in Detroit, as Anders Lee is one goal shy of 40 for the season, Brock Nelson is one shy of 100 for his career - and a fourth-straight 20-goal year - while John Tavares (83 points) is three points shy of matching his career-high (86).
Saturday marks the Islanders first trip to Little Caesars Arena.
Scott Mayfield is expected to return to the lineup after sitting out Thursday's game. Johnny Boychuk will miss his second straight game as the Islanders have shut him down for the regular season.
Shane Prince returned to the Isles lineup on Thursday after missing 33 games with an upper-body injury. Prince drew in for a sick Tanner Fritz. There was no update on Fritz's condition as the Islanders had Friday off.
UPDATE: Thomas Greiss will start in goal. Lineup TBD, as the Islanders wait for health updates on Dennis Seidenberg, Shane Prince and Tanner Fritz.
Video: Islanders pull off incredible comeback for 7-6 OT win
The Islanders are 1-1-0 against the Red Wings this season, splitting a pair of games at Barclays Center.
Their most recent meeting was a memorable one, as the Islanders scored four power-play goals on the same major penalty to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead late in the third period. The drama didn't end there as the Red Wings forced overtime in the final minute, but Brock Nelson completed his hat trick to lift the Isles to a 7-6 OT win.
BY THE NUMBERS:
5 - game goal streak. Anthony Beauvillier has goals in five straight games - the longest streak on the Islanders this season.
THE RED WINGS:
Last Game: L 4-3 vs Montreal
Goals: Anthony Mantha - 24
Assists: Dylan Larkin - 47
Points: Dylan Larkin - 62
After making the NHL playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons, the Detroit Red Wings will miss the postseason for a second straight year in 2017-18.
The Red Wings sit fifth in the Atlantic Division, 20 points back of the fourth-place Florida Panthers, well out of the playoff picture.
Dylan Larkin has been a bright spot for the Red Wings, posting a career-year with 62 points, nearly doubling his output from a down sophomore season (32 points). The 21-year-old is riding a five-game point streak (3G, 5A), which matches a season high.
UPDATE: Jared Coreau will start in goal for the Red Wings.