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Game Preview: Islanders at Avalanche

The Islanders return from a five-day break to visit the Avalanche (9 p.m., MSG+2)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders (15-15-6) at Colorado Avalanche (12-25-1)
9 p.m., Pepsi Center
Radio: 970AM - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News

Islanders Return To Action Vs Avs:

After a CBA-mandated five days off, the New York Islanders are back in action on Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche. 

Rested and recharged, the Islanders are looking to carry over the momentum they had before the break, as they've won four of their last five games. Most recently, the Islanders beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on New Year's Eve. The Islanders have scored four or more goals in five straight games. 

"It was good to get away, but it's nice to get back and see the guys again," Jason Chimera said. "We played two pretty good road games going into the break and you want to keep that going. [We want to] keep that momentum going. We have some ground to make up, so we can't let a break be an excuse."

The Isles and Avs split their season series last year. The Islanders have lost two straight games in Colorado. 

Islanders Recall Pelech: 

The Islanders recalled defenseman Adam Pelech from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Thursday morning. 

Pelech last played for the Islanders on Nov. 28, suffering an upper-body injury against the Calgary Flames. The injury put Pelech on injured reserve until Dec. 31, when he was activated and assigned to the Sound Tigers. The 22-year-old defenseman played one game with the Sound Tigers before being recalled by the Islanders. 

Pelech played nine games for the Islanders this season, scoring three points (1G, 2A). 

Avalanche Struggling:

It's been a trying season for the Colorado Avalanche, who have lost 10 of their last 11 and currently sit last in the NHL. The Avalanche have scored the fewest goals (77), have allowed the most (129) and have the fewest home wins (4). 

This is despite having some talented young forwards, including 21-year-old Nathan MacKinnon, who leads the team with 25 points (9G, 16A) and 25-year-old Matt Duchene, who leads the Avs with 13 goals. Inconsistency has plagued MacKinnon to an extent, as the 2013 1st-overall pick has had three four-game point droughts and is currently riding one. Duchene has also run cold, with two points in his last eight games. 

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