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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Islanders' swan song for Tavares?

New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings

  1. After losing the first meeting this season, 6-3, at home in December, the Islanders beat the Red Wings, 7-6, at home in February (their most goals scored versus Detroit since an 8-2 home win in January 1986). New York won the last meeting in Detroit, 3-1, on February 21 last season, but lost its previous three road games versus the Red Wings.
  2. The Islanders beat the Rangers, 2-1, at home on Thursday, their second consecutive win (the first time they've won consecutive games since winning two straight from February 15-16). Each of New York's last five games have been decided in regulation and by a single goal, its longest such streak since a seven-game streak in November 2007.
  3. The Red Wings lost at home to Montreal, 4-3, on Thursday, their 39th loss of the season (their most since losing 57 games in 1985-86). Detroit has now missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since a five-season streak from 1978-79 to 1982-83.
  4. Anthony Beauvillier scored the game-winning goal on Thursday, his second game winner this season and fourth of his career. Beauvillier has lit the lamp in his last five games played, the longest streak of his career.
  5. Tyler Bertuzzi lit the lamp on Thursday, his third goal in his last two games and fifth in his last seven games after totaling just two goals in his first 40 games played this season. His three goals this month are already a career high for any calendar month, despite playing just two games this April.
  6. Dylan Larkin had one goal and one assist on Thursday, his fifth straight game with a point (eight points over that span). Only two centers have more points than Larkin since the start of his streak (since March 27): Pierre-Luc Dubois and William Karlsson (each have nine).

DETROIT -- Saturday night's game could be center John Tavares' last with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders visit the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in the final game of the regular season for both teams, who find themselves out of the NHL Playoffs.

Tavares, the 27-year-old Islanders captain, has 36 goals and 47 assists for 83 points this season. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has been the focal point of the organization since he was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft.

"I'm not trying to look at it as the end because, obviously, that hasn't been determined," Tavares said after Thursday night's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at the Barclays Center. "I've always wanted it to work out and stay, so that's still what I hope transpires. But, obviously, that will come in the time ahead."

But New York coach Doug Weight, a native of Detroit, says the decision will be Tavares' alone.

"People say it's like a marriage. But that's BS. I know my wife controls pretty much everything I do and we don't control anything with John," Weight said. "But no, I don't have nervousness. Anxiety is probably a closer word.

"But you have to do what you have to do as an organization, no matter what. With or without him, we're going to move forward and try to win. We'd like him here."

Detroit is focusing on the young players who could be part of the future. One of those is forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who has been impressive since being called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League during the season.

Bertuzzi, 23, has seven goals and 24 points in 47 games this season, mostly in a top-six role. He has played a lot on the left wing with center and captain Henrik Zetterberg and right winger Gustav Nyquist.

That's where Bertuzzi -- the nephew of former NHL player and Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi -- was in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena, in which Bertuzzi scored a goal and had a few other quality scoring chances.

"Bert's game was totally excellent," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's a real hockey player. He's a guy I would say is a great complementary guy for a guy like Z (Zetterberg) that can control the puck and hold onto the puck. He goes to the net, he's great defensively, he plays through bodies.

"He's a heckuva hockey player. That's a great, great draft pick by our scouts (58th overall in 2013), and he's going to be a heck of a Red Wing."

Five of Bertuzzi's goals have come in the last seven games, all of that time playing with Zetterberg and Nyquist.

"You dream to play with a guy like that (Zetterberg)," Bertuzzi said. "I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity to stick on that line and just be able to play with him and learn a lot. He's obviously helping me produce offensively."

Updated April 6, 2018

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