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New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings [Game 25 thread]

The Islanders need the points against a reeling Wings squad.

Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders
Still feels weird.
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

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.