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Detroit trying to end seven-game losing streak; Varlamov expected in goal for New York

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (17-5-2) at RED WINGS (7-19-3)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to end a seven-game losing streak when they play the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.

The Red Wings are 0-7-2 in their past nine games and have been outscored 24-4 in their past five games, including a 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

The Islanders ended a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) with a 2-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. New York has gone 16-2-2 in its past 20 games, including an Islanders-record 17-game point streak.


Players to watch

Islanders forward Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist in the win against the Blue Jackets and leads the Islanders with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games.

Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri has scored two of Detroit's four goals in the past five games. He has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 12 games since joining the Red Wings in a Nov. 6 trade with St. Louis.


They said it

"From a confidence standpoint it was good to beat a very good Columbus team. We needed to respond from those losses and make sure we've got our mojo back." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz

"We have to be a team that defends well and I thought we were doing a good job of that at 5-on-5. Our specialty teams weren't good enough but we were still doing good things. In the last little bit we've been giving up too many chances at 5-on-5, especially on the rush." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Jordan Eberle -- Otto Koivula -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle, Noah Dobson

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Luke Glendening

Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Filip Zadina -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Brendan Perlini -- Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Mike Green -- Dennis Cholowski

Dylan McIlrath -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Bernier

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Justin Abdelkader, Taro Hirose, Jonathan Ericsson, Madison Bowey

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Anthony Mantha (lower body), Jimmy Howard (lower body)


Status report

Greiss started against the Blue Jackets on Saturday but left the game after 14 minutes because of illness. He took part in the morning skate and is expected to back up Varlamov. If Varlamov starts, the Islanders will have alternated goalies for a club-record 25 straight games. … Comrie, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 30, will back up Bernier. Goalie Calvin Pickard was sent to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Ericsson was recalled from Grand Rapids on Sunday but will not play.


Stat pack

Lee scored against the Blue Jackets, his first goal in 12 games. … Bernier is 3-3-1 with a .901 save percentage in his past eight games.

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