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AVALANCHE (22-22-9) at ISLANDERS (31-16-6)

1 p.m. ET; MSG+, ALT, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will seek their 15th win in their past 20 games when they host the Colorado Avalanche at Barclays Center on Saturday.

New York is 14-3-2 in its past 19 games and 17-4-2 in its past 23, marking the first time since the 1981-82 season it has earned at least 36 points in a 23-game span. 

Colorado has lost five straight games (0-4-1) and 15 of its past 18 (3-12-3), and has allowed at least four goals in nine of its past 13.

 

Players to watch

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 17 games.

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has two goals and one assist during a three-game point streak.

 

They said it

“I’m sure we’ll make certain adjustments on how we play certain situations. We’ve tried to reset as well as we can, wins or losses, no matter what. We’ll do that again. ” — Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog

“When you think about the Avalanche, you think about that big line, very productive power play, and they’ve got very active D with guys like Barrie and Girard and Johnson on the back end, they come at you real hard. They’re a talented team. You can’t give them a lot of time and space. You’ve got to make sure that you’re on the right side of pucks, you’ve got to make sure you manage pucks, and you’ve got to stay out of the penalty box.” — Islanders coach Barry Trotz

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Matt NietoCarl SoderbergMatt Calvert

Alexander KerfootJ.T. CompherColin Wilson

Sven AndrighettoSheldon DriesGabriel Bourque

Ian ColeErik Johnson

Nikita ZadorovTyson Barrie

Patrik NemethSamuel Girard

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: A.J. Greer, Anton Lindholm

Injured: Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Mark Barberio (head)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders LeeBrock NelsonJordan Eberle

Michael Dal Colle — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey

Anthony BeauvillierValtteri FilppulaLeo Komarov

Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk

Adam PelechRyan Pulock

Devon ToewsScott Mayfield

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa

Injured: Thomas Hickey (upper body), Andrew Ladd (lower body)

 

Status report

The Avalanche practiced in Washington on Friday before traveling to New York. They lost 4-3 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. … Trotz said Clutterbuck, who sustained an undisclosed injury during a 2-1 shootout win at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, was “feeling a little better” Friday and will be evaluated again Saturday before the game. … Trotz said Hickey, who practiced Friday, is “getting really close.” He was injured during a 4-1 win at Colorado on Dec. 17.

 

Stat pack

Rantanen needs three points for 200 in the NHL. … The Islanders are 3-0-0 against the Avalanche at Barclays Center, outscoring them 16-8 in those games, and have won 10 of their past 11 home games against Colorado. … New York’s penalty kill is 10-for-10 over its past four games. 

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