ARLINGTON, Va.--Before going up the east seaboard to wrap up its three-game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche practiced at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Friday.
The Avs will play at the New York Islanders on Saturday before traveling to face the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Colorado opened the three-game trip, which will be the team's last to the eastern time zone during the 2018-19 campaign, on Thursday with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena.
The back-to-back set this weekend marks the eighth of 11 times this season that the Avalanche will play games on consecutive days. Overall in these sets, the Avs are 3-3-1 in both the first and second matchups.
What is unique to this back-to-back though is that both contests will take place in the afternoon. The meeting in Brooklyn is set to start at 1 p.m. local time (11 a.m. MT) and the outing in Boston will begin at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. MT). Colorado is 3-2-0 so far in day games and is scheduled for 13 afternoon contests this year (5 p.m. start time or earlier), the team's most since 2002-03 (15).
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders have given up the least amount of goals in the league this season (124) and only allow 2.34 goals per game. The Avalanche is seventh in the league in goals per game (3.32), but head coach Jared Bednar is expecting a low-scoring contest on Saturday.
"I think the most important thing to that is they are going to check you really hard," Bednar said of the Islanders. "Their goals against is very good. They are committed on the defensive side and their goaltending is playing real well. We have to be willing--and we have talked about this a lot here lately--to go out and try to win the game 1-0. We can't open things up because they are going to check us. We have to know that that is coming, we can't let it frustrate us.
"We just got to continue to work, skate onto the puck, support is going to be huge. I believe if you continue to play the right way and put the pucks in the right areas, eventually you will break them down and get your chances. But, you can't get frustrated because they check you hard. That is what they have been doing. They did it to us in Denver and they have been doing it to every team in the league."
New York won the first meeting of the two-game season series 4-1 on Dec. 17 at Pepsi Center.
Bednar did not say which of his two goaltenders will be in net for the outing or if there will be any changes to the lineup.