Colorado Avalanche (7-5 SU, 8-4 PL, 7-4-1 O/U) vs New York Islanders (7-6 SU, 10-3 PL, 8-5-0 O/U)
When: 6:05 PM EDT, Sunday, November 5, 2017
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Lines: New York -191/ Colorado +171
National League Hockey action on Sunday evening and the Central Division will hookup with the Metro Division as the Colorado Avalanche grapples with the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Avs come in off a game in Philadelphia on Saturday, so they will be playing with no rest, while the Islanders are off Goalie Probables: Semyon Varlamov will get the nod for the Avalanche and he will be opposed by Thomas Greiss.
Avs Are Being Led By Their Offense
Last Year, the Colorado Avalanche were by far the worst offensive team in the league, but so far they have been far better, especially of late as they have scored 16 goals in winning three of their last four games. They already have seven wins on the year, but fans must not get that excited just yet as they had 10 wins last year by November 21st, but then went on to win just 12 games the rest of the year. If their offense can continue to play well, then they have a good shot at staying in the playoff race all year. Leading the Avs in scoring so far has been Mikko Rantanen, Sven Andrighetto, and Gabriel Landeskog, who each have four goals, while Rantanen leads them in points with 11. The Avs have gone 2-4 on the road so far. Semyon Varlamov will get the start in Philly on Saturday, so for this one it will Jonathan Bernier, who is 2-2 with a 3.03 GAA and a .906 save percentage on the year overall, including 0-1 4.05 GAA and a .897 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 42-69 with a 2.56 GAA on the road and 14-15 with a 2.70 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 21-32 with a 3.04 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Islanders in his career he has gone 3-6 with a 3.29 GAA.
Colorado has been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.25 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots taken (30.9 spg) and 15th in power play conversions, converting on 18.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, have been solid so far as they come in ranked 20th in goals allowed, giving up 3.08 gpg, while also ranking 24th in shots allowed (33.8 spg) and 14th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.8% of their chances.
Isles Take A Tough Loss In Nation’s Capital
The New York Islanders had been playing well as they entered their game with Washington having won four of their previous five games. Well, the Caps cooled them off a bit as they beat the Islanders by a score of 4-3. The game was tied late, but the Caps got a goal with just 3:21 left in regulation to win it. It was a tough loss, but it also showed that this team will be a tough out this year. Scoring for the Isles in the loss was John Tavares, which was his team-leading 12th of the year and Anders Lee, who scored twice in the game and now has eight on the year. The Isles have gone 4-1 at home so far. Taking the loss against the Capitals was Jaroslav Halak, who allowed four goals on just 19 shot attempts. He is now 5-3 with a 2.83 GAA and a .906 save percentage on the year. Thomas Greiss is expected to get the start in this one and he has gone 2-3 with a 3.69 GAA and a .898 save percentage on the year overall, including 1-1 with a 2.41 GAA and a .924 save percentage at home. In his career, he has gone 46-29 with a 2.32 GAA in his home games and 14-8 with a 2.30 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 23-21 with a 2.62 GAA against the Central, while against the Avs in his career he has gone 5-3 with a 2.00 GAA.
The Islanders enter this contest ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.62 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots taken (31.0 spg) and 13th in power play conversions, converting on 19.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been rather average as they come in ranked 22nd in goals allowed, giving up 3.15 gpg, while also ranking 19th in shots allowed (32.5 spg) and 23rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.5% of their chances.
- 28-64 in their last 92 games playing on 0 days rest
- 9-23 in their last 32 vs. a team with a winning record
New York is:
- 30-8 in their last 38 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 6-1 in their last seven home games
The Colorado Avalanche are a much-improved team over last year, but they are still just 3-5 on the road. The Islanders have gone 4-1 at home and they are playing far better than they did in the early part of their season. Their offense is one of the best in the league right now and they will be playing with rest, while the Avs have a game in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Colorado just won’t have what it takes to stay in this game against a New York Team that has really been playing well of late. I look for an easy New York win in this one, especially since the Avs are just 1-9 in their last 10 meetings in New York. Take New York on the puckline.