National Hockey League
Preview
NY Islanders at Detroit
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

Captain John Tavares could be suiting up in a New York Islanders' uniform for the final time on Saturday night as the team visits the Detroit Red Wings in the season finale for both clubs. Tavares, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has a team high-tying 83 points this season and 620 since being selected by New York with the top overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft.

"I'm not trying to look at it as the end because, obviously, that hasn't been determined. I've always wanted it to work out and stay, so that's still what I hope transpires," Tavares said. The 27-year-old was held off the scoresheet for just the second time in 11 outings in Thursday's 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers, but he has flustered Detroit with a pair of two-assist performances this season. While the Islanders have registered consecutive wins following losses in 16 of their previous 19, the reeling Red Wings have dropped 15 of their last 19 as they prepare to miss the playoffs for the second straight season after earning a spot on 25 consecutive occasions. "We've found ways to lose too many times this year," Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said following Thursday's 4-3 loss to Montreal. "It's just not acceptable that we didn't close out more games."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus-2 (New York), FS Detroit

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (34-37-10): Anthony Beauvillier is riding high with a five-game goal-scoring streak while 17 of his 21 tallies this season have come since New Year's Day. Fellow 20-year-old Mathew Barzal is the odds-on favorite to win the Calder Trophy, as he leads all NHL rookies in points (83), assists (61), power-play assists (21) and power-play points (26). Six of Barzal's 61 assists came at the expense of the Red Wings, with five paving the way for an epic third-period comeback as the Islanders skated to a 7-6 win on Feb. 9.

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (30-39-12): Dylan Larkin, who leads the team in assists (47) and points (62), has scored three goals and set up five others during his current five-game point streak. Larkin has lit up the Islanders with four assists this season while Anthony Mantha has three of his team-leading 24 goals versus the club. Mantha has just one tally in his last 15 contests, however, heading into his 150th career game on Saturday.

OVERTIME

1. New York, which has scored 14 power-play goals in its last 11 outings, tallied four times during a five-minute man advantage in the third period on Feb. 9.

2. Detroit G Jimmy Howard owns a 15-13-6 mark at home, with his most recent showing resulting in his lone shutout of the season.

3. Islanders G Jaroslav Halak, who picked up the win in relief versus the Red Wings earlier this season, is expected to play in his 450th career game on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Islanders 3, Red Wings 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Islanders 34-37-7-3 W2 19-18-3-1 15-19-4-2 5-3-1-1 29-34-6-2 13-13-2-0
Detroit 30-39-11-1 L2 16-16-7-1 14-23-4-0 4-4-0-0 26-35-11-1 8-16-4-0
Last Meeting
NY Islanders Detroit
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/9/18 DET 6 NYI 7 (OT) 29 33 4-7 39 22 1-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 5
Detroit H. Zetterberg 4
Goals Player  
NY Islanders B. Nelson 3
Detroit A. Mantha 2
Assists Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 5
Detroit H. Zetterberg 3
Saves Player  
NY Islanders T. Greiss 27
Detroit P. Mrazek 22
Season
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 88
Detroit D. Larkin 66
Goals Player  
NY Islanders A. Lee 41
Detroit A. Mantha 26
Assists Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 65
Detroit D. Larkin 50
Saves Player  
NY Islanders J. Halak 1625
Detroit J. Howard 1685
Quickchart Matchup
NY Islanders Off vs  Detroit Def
3.17 GF
3.09 GA
31.3 Shots
31.8 Shots
57 PP
57 PK
Detroit Off vs  NY Islanders Def
2.58 GF
3.58 GA
30.3 Shots
35.5 Shots
40 PP
62 PK