AVALANCHE (25-13-4) at ISLANDERS (25-12-3)
7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, ALT, NHL.TV
Semyon Varlamov will start for the New York Islanders against the Colorado Avalanche at Nassau Coliseum on Monday for the first time since leaving the Avalanche as a free agent July 1, 2019.
The goalie signed a four-year contract with New York after playing eight seasons in Colorado.
The Islanders are 0-3-1 in their past four home games, all at Nassau Coliseum. They've scored one goal in their past two following a 3-0 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
It's the second of a three-game road trip for Colorado, which won 5-2 at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
Players to watch
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a three-game point streak. He leads Colorado and is second in the NHL with 64 points (25 goals, 39 assists).
Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock leads them at the position with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists).
They said it
"I played with him for six years. I saw he's having a great season so far here, so it's awesome to see. He's definitely a great teammate and it's awesome that he's having such a good year this year." -- Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon on Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov
"He's a threat every time he steps on the ice. As a group, I think everyone knows that you watch the highlights, you see him all the time. He's kind of the bull on this team that drives them, so we've just got to do a good job of keeping him from getting his speed and trying to make hard on him whenever we can. But he's going to make plays out there. We've just got to make sure we're on the right side of the puck and we're taking away his options." -- Islanders center Casey Cizikas on Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Matt Calvert -- Nazem Kadri -- Valeri Nichushkin
Matt Nieto -- J.T. Compher -- Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Andre Burakovsky
Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Kamenev
Injured: Colin Wilson (lower body)
Islanders projected lineup
Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey
Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle
Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl
Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov
Nick Leddy -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk
Scratched: Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston
Injured: Adam Pelech (Achilles), Cal Clutterbuck (wrist)
Francouz will start for the first time since Dec. 27. … Nichushkin, a healthy scratch Saturday, will play. Kamenev, who had an assist in the win against the Devils, will be scratched. … Varlamov will make his fifth straight start.
The Islanders have won four of their past five games against the Avalanche and the past five in New York. … Girard has eight assists during a three-game multipoint streak. … Rantanen has five points (four goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak.