Game Preview: New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche

The Islanders go for their sixth straight road win.

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 12:00 AM
Cory Wright

New York Islanders
16-22-7 (39 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
9-13-0 road
Colorado Avalanche
27-12-4 (58 points - 3rd in Central Division, 5th in Western Conference)
16-6-2 home
9:00 p.m.
Pepsi Center
Denver, CO
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Greg Picker; Color: Rob Joyce
2011-12 season series (0-0-1)

The Islanders lost their only meeting with the Avalanche in 2011-12, falling 4-3 in overtime at Pepsi Center. Josh Bailey, Brian Rolston and Michael Grabner had the Isles up 3-0, but the Avs clawed their way back into the game, forcing OT. Kyle Quincey completed the comeback in the extra frame, scoring a power-play goal.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 10, 2011: COL 4, NYI 3 OT - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Avalanche player to watch
Matt Duchene - Forward

One of the top prospects in the 2009 draft class, Matt Duchene is becoming a star center in Denver. Duchene leads the Avalanche in goals (16) and points (38) and is tied for the team lead in assists (22). The third-overall pick is on pace for his best statistical season and is currently top-25 in the NHL points. Duchene was recently named to the Canadian Olympic hockey team.
 

Islanders Storylines
Tavares on Fire: John Tavares has eight points (3g/5a) in his last two games and is tied for second in league scoring (20-34-54).
Road Streak: The Islanders have won five straight games away from Nassau Coliseum.
Vanek (also) on Fire: Thomas Vanek has points in 10 straight games (5-10-15) – a career best.
Special Teams: The Islanders 12th-ranked power play has scored nine times in the last five games.
Tavares vs. Duchene: The first and third overall picks in 2009 go head-to-head for the first time in over two years. The pre-draft rivals could play together in Sochi, as both were named to the Canadian Olympic team.
The Matchup
Islanders
19.4% (12th)
73.7% (30th)
124
149
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Avalanche
19.8 (9th)
80.2% (20th)
127
111
5-2-3
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 29 Brock Nelson
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner
- 18 Ryan Strome - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait  - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner -
14 Thomas Hickey

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Colorado Avalanche previous game lines
Forwards
92 Gabriel Landeskog – 26 Paul Stastny – 7 John Mitchell
29 Nathan Mackinnon – 9 Matt Duchene – 11 Jamie McGinn
55 Cody McLeod – 24 Marc-Andrew Cliché – 25 Max Talbot
42 Brad Malone – 14 David Van Der Gulik – 58 Patrick Bordeleau

Defensemen:
8 Jan Hejda – 6 Erik Johnson
16 Cory Sarich – 61 Andre Benoit
4 Tyson Barrie – 2 Nick Holden 

Goaltenders
1 Semyon Varlamov
35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Quote of the Day:

Kevin Poulin on Tuesday’s Win:
“I thought we played really well in the third period. We gave them nothing. We didn’t have turnovers. Even in the neutral zone we made the safe play.”

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