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Detroit Red Wings (
23-15-6, 9th/W) at New York Islanders (19-19-8, 10th/E)
7 p.m. | Nassau [
gloriously unsponsored] Veterans Mem. Coliseum | MSG+, radio
Winging it through mostly thick and thick: Winging it in Motown

Islanders Gameday: Here lieth a declining champion
Betwixt and Between: What WILL Garth Do?

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Amusingly, Brendan Witt is on IR retroactive to Jan. 8 -- so that "mild calf strain" has really flared up on him, just in time to allow Sean Bergenheim back in the lineup. Hey, I'm not going to complain: Whatever the team needs. We'll just call this "complication left over from a collision with an SUV."

Perhaps noticing that an interconference matchup with the Islanders puts chances of a fight somewhere between naga...nagonnaworkhereanymore and zero, the Wings are scratching Brad May and inserting Ville Leino. And wouldn't you? The Islanders are young and spunky and have some nice talent, but they're also, uh, "challenged" in the bottom half. So if you're the Wings, run your skill against our skill, and leave the meatheads at home.

Bergie: your return is most welcome. Kenny Jonsson: welcome back, we've missed you. Healthy scratch: whoever you are, take this valuable time to get "a new perspective" by watching from above the ice.

This is our game thread. Let's. Go. Islanders.