|7:00 PM EST|
|88.7 FM WRHU||MSG+2||Little Caesar's Arena||FS-D||97.1 FM WXYT|
|14th||18.55%||Net Power Play Percentage||15.02%||23rd|
|31st||75.64%||Net Penalty Kill Percentage||81.32%||21st|
|25th||94.19%||Combined Special Teams Percentage||96.34%||21st|
|8th||3.21||Goals for per Game (All Situations)||2.64||27th|
|31st||3.62||Goals against per Game (All Situations)||3.10||21st|
|12th||.17||Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations)||-.30||24th|
|27th||47.11%||Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted)||48.45%||22nd|
|30th||45.44%||Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted)||47.74%||26th|
|4th||8.95%||Shooting Percentage (5V5)||7.64%||18th|
|28th||91.64%||Save Percentage (5V5)||91.94%||21st|
|Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick|
|The Enemies' Lair|
|Winging It In Motown|
The New York Islanders season finally comes to a close as they take on the also-awful Detroit Red Wings in a game that means absolutely nothing for the Islanders. Tonight's game marks the first time the Islanders visit the Little Caesar's Arena. That's really the most that can be said about this game which is really quite sad considering the expectations the Islanders had entering this season.
Despite the stellar rookie campaign of Mathew Barzal, the Anders Lee approaching 40 goals, the all-star campaigns of Josh Bailey and John Tavares, Anthony Beauvillier coming in and scoring 20 goals, and a surprise appearance from contributors like Tanner Fritz who looks like he can contribute in a bottom six role the Islanders didn't really come all that close to the playoffs this season. The goaltending was lackluster, but not quite as bad as it seemed as the Islanders will finish with the most high danger chances against and likely the most scoring chances against in the N.H.L. in five on five play. They also lead the league in scoring chances against and high danger chances against on the penalty kill as the defense scheme has been absolutely atrocious which ultimately leads to this contest being as meaningless as it is.
Thomas Greiss gets the start in this one. He's been rather awful and is a large reason the Islanders are where they are in the standings, but he's the lone goalie under contract for next season. He'll go up against Jared Coreau for the Red Wings who is quite awful in his own right.
Get your last dose of salt in for this season folks. Sorry this one can't be more eventful. As a reminder, tonight's contest is on MSG+2.