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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30 BRT, December 2, 2019
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 17,510

Islanders face reeling Red Wings in Detroit

New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Islanders have won four of the last five meetings against the Red Wings, but the Wings took the last meeting, 2-1, in Detroit on March 16 last season. However, Detroit has taken points in five of its last seven home games against New York dating back to January 2015 (4-2-1).
  2. New York blanked Columbus, 2-0, on Saturday to snap its season-long three-game losing streak. The Islanders won despite not having a power play opportunity, their second such game this season (also October 19 vs. Columbus) -- they join the Maple Leafs and Jets as the only teams with multiple such games.
  3. Detroit finished November with a 3-11-2 (.250) record, its worst in a single month since going 2-10-1 (.192) in November 1989 (min. 10 games). The Red Wings enter December riding a nine-game losing streak, tied for the fourth-longest single-season losing streak in franchise history -- they last lost 10 games within a single season in February/March 2018.
  4. Semyon Varlamov stopped all 30 shots he faced in relief of Thomas Greiss on Saturday, who left in the first period due to illness. The win marked the first combined shutout for the Islanders since April 4, 1998, when Wade Flaherty and Tommy Salo combined to blank the Rangers.
  5. Mathew Barzal scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season in Saturday's win, also notching his 12th assist -- tied with Brock Nelson for the most on the team. His 10 goals this season are tied for the third fewest by a team leader (Anaheim and New Jersey, multiple players with 9 each).
  6. Robby Fabbri lit the lamp for the second straight game in Saturday's loss to Washington, giving him five goals and five assists in 12 games with Detroit this season. He becomes the fastest skater to reach five of each in a Red Wings sweater since Marian Hossa did so in nine games in the 2008-09 season.

The New York Islanders ended their longest losing streak of the season on Saturday. They'll now face an opponent saddled with the longest losing streak in the NHL this season.

The Islanders halted a three-game skid by blanking Columbus at home 2-0. They'll be in Detroit on Monday to face the reeling Red Wings, who have gone winless in their last nine games.

New York scored just two goals in its previous three games. The Islanders didn't require much offense against the Blue Jackets to record their first regulation victory since Nov. 13.

"It's nice to come back and get a quick 'W' and feel good about our game a little bit," center Mathew Barzal said on NHL.com. "I thought there was some good chemistry out there ... everyone actually had a pretty good game (Saturday), so it's nice to get back on track a bit."

Starting goalie Thomas Greiss left the game in the first period with an illness. Semyon Varlamov was stellar in relief, stopping 30 shots.

"Honestly, this one goes to (Varlamov)," forward Anders Lee said to NHL.com. "Coming in cold, quick change there and really shutting the door on a team that had quite a bit of chances. I think the shot totals might have been a little high for what we would like to see, but a shutout nonetheless and he deserves a lot of credit for that."

Overall, November was a very productive month for the Islanders. They went 9-2-2 overall and 6-0-1 at home.

The Wings are glad to see the month in their rearview mirror. Their current skid includes seven consecutive regulation losses. They also had an eight-game winless streak in October.

Washington handed them their latest defeat, 5-2, on Saturday. The game was closer than the score indicated, as Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored two empty-net goals.

"Through the early part of the season, we lost some games that I thought we deserved a better fate," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "Some of it was lack of specialty teams. In the last nine games, we haven't played good enough overall."

Detroit scored its first power play goal in nine games after going 0-for-18 with a man advantage in the previous eight contests. However, that unit got off only one shot on its three other power play chances.

"It was all on us," center Dylan Larkin said. "We go as a unit of five. We have to work for each other. You've got to want the puck on your stick, you've got to want to make plays. We got the puck on the boards too much when it should go to the point or should go around the boards to settle it down."

The Wings have scored just three goals in the last four games. Robby Fabbri, who was acquired from St. Louis in early November, notched two of them. He has scored five goals since joining the Wings.

"It doesn't do anything for this team if we're not winning," he said. "I'm more concerned with that."

The Islanders won two of their three meetings with the Wings last season.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 1, 2019

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