Game Preview: New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche

The Islanders go for their sixth straight road win.

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche
The Islanders go for their sixth straight road win. (9:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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