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Avalanche seeking fourth straight win; Greiss in goal for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

AVALANCHE (8-5-0) at ISLANDERS (7-5-1)

6 p.m. ET; MSG+, ALT, NHL.TV
 

 

The Game

The Colorado Avalanche are seeking their fourth straight win when they visit the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Colorado made it three in a row with a 5-4 shootout win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Avalanche have won four of their past five games.

Goalie Thomas Greiss will make his first start for New York since a 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 26.

The Islanders are 4-0-1 at home this season.

 

Players to watch

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists Saturday. He has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a three-game point streak.

Islanders forward Josh Bailey has the longest active streak in the NHL with a point in eight consecutive games. He has two goals and 12 assists during the streak.

 

They said it

"There's definitely a different feeling, we've talked about that a lot. I hate to keep going back to last year because it is what it is and it's in the past. We're early in the season here and it's a long season. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I've said it before, the work just begun but I do like the way our guys are digging in and trying to build an identity and get more consistent in what we do." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

"Obviously they played [Saturday] night, so it's a situation we get to rest here at home and catch them on a back-to-back. It's something you want to take advantage of. I think when you're on the other side of things, it's tough to do the travel and then travel to the next city and get ready for another game. We want to use that to our advantage and try and have a good start and establish the pace to the game." -- Islanders forward Josh Bailey

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Nail Yakupov -- Matt Duchene -- Sven Andrighetto

Gabriel Bourque -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

A.J. Greer -- Alexander Kerfoot

Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson

Patrik Nemeth -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Anton Lindholm

Andrei Mironov

Jonathan Bernier

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Chris Bigras

Injured: Rocco Grimaldi (illness), Matt Nieto (illness), J.T. Compher (hand), Tyson Jost (lower body), Colin Wilson (hip)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Scott Mayfield

Dennis Seidenberg -- Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Thomas Hickey

Injured: Adam Pelech (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)

 

Status report

Grimaldi and Nieto were both ill Saturday and could not play, forcing the Avalanche to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. They did not have a morning skate. … Pelech skated Sunday morning but will miss his second straight game. He is day to day.

 

Stat pack

The Avalanche have lost nine of their past 10 games against the Islanders. … Rantanen has four goals in his past three games. … Lee has a seven-game point streak (six goals, seven assists). … New York is 24-4-4 all-time at Barclays Center against Western Conference opponents. … Tavares has 10 goals in his past six games.

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