Game Preview: New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche

The Islanders go for their sixth straight road win.

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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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

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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