It’s a busy week for the Islanders, who are in the middle of a three-in-four set and play every other day this week.
Tonight it’s in Detroit, against a Red Wings (7-19-3, minus-53 goal differential) team that has lost seven in a row. Tomorrow it’s in Montreal, where the Canadiens are also in a tailspin, then the Isles are back home Thursday when the Golden Knights visit.
Semyon Varlamov is the starter tonight, but Thomas Greiss — who left Saturday’s game feeling ill — is dressed as backup and the planned starter tomorrow night.
It’s a traveling back-to-back set, but also a great opportunity for the Isles to bank points against struggling teams after they stumbled on their California trip.