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ISLANDERS (15-12-4) at AVALANCHE (18-9-6)

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

 

The Game

Mikko Rantanen will try to extend his point streak to 15 games for the Colorado Avalanche when they play the New York Islanders at Pepsi Center on Monday.

Rantanen has 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in a 14-game run and leads the NHL in points (56) and assists (41).

Goalie Thomas Greiss is expected to start for the Islanders, who are beginning a four-game Western Conference road trip after going 1-1-1 on a three-game homestand. Greiss made 18 saves in a 4-3 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday and is 6-2-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and one shutout in 10 games against Colorado.

 

Players to watch

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has six points (one goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak after going three games without a point.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a five-game point streak and 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in his past 14 games. He’s second in the NHL with 52 points.

 

They said it

“(The road trip) is actually needed for us. We were at home for a while. Even our road trips have been just into the city, so you’re really at home quite a bit. It’ll probably get us focused a little bit on our game. Going on the road, I think you have to play a real structured team game.” — Islanders coach Barry Trotz

“(The Islanders) are one of the stingiest teams out East. They’ve been real good and work real hard. They’re tough to find space on, they skate real well, they have the ability to hang onto pucks in the offensive zone. Looks like it’s going to be a tough matchup.” — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders LeeBrock NelsonJordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey

Leo KomarovValtteri Filppula — Joshua Ho-Sang

Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk

Thomas HickeyRyan Pulock

Adam PelechScott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa

Injured: Andrew Ladd (lower body)

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Tyson JostJ.T. CompherSven Andrighetto

Matt NietoCarl SoderbergMatt Calvert

Gabriel BourqueSheldon Dries Colin Wilson

Samuel GirardErik Johnson

Ian ColeTyson Barrie

Nikita ZadorovPatrik Nemeth

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: None 

Injured: Mark Barberio (upper body), Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Alexander Kerfoot (upper body)

 

Status report

Kerfoot is expected to practice Tuesday and possibly play against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. … Dries was recalled from Colorado of the American Hockey League, where defenseman Mark Alt and forward A.J. Greer were assigned.

 

Stat pack

Beauvillier has scored a goal in three straight games. … Landeskog has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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