NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 2nd
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (28-34-1) at New York Islanders (19-36-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to avoid tying their
longest losing streak of the season when they visit the New York Islanders for
tonight's interconference clash at Nassau Coliseum.
The Avalanche ended the month of February on a four-game losing streak,
marking the third time the club has lost four straight in just over a month.
Colorado, which is just 6-15-0 in its last 21 games, set a season-high with
five consecutive losses from October 28-November 6.
Colorado will also be happy to end its longest road trip of the season
tonight, as it plays the sixth and final game of the swing on Long Island. The
Avs are 1-4 on the trek and are just 11-20-1 as the visiting club this season.
In addition to losing four straight on the road, Colorado has also lost nine
of its 11 games as the visitor.
Tonight's test pits the last place teams in each conference against one
another. The Islanders are last in the NHL and the Eastern Conference with
just 45 points, while Colorado is 15th in the West with 57 points.
The Avalanche have been outscored 10-1 in their last two games, as they were
blanked by New Jersey, 4-0, on Thursday before getting handed a 6-1 thrashing
Saturday against the New York Rangers. Scott Gomez posted a goal and two
assists as the Rangers used a four-goal first period en route to the lopsided
victory at Madison Square Garden.
Ryan Smyth notched the lone goal for the Avalanche. Starter Peter Budaj was
victimized for three goals on nine shots in just over 13 minutes. Andrew
Raycroft finished the game by allowing three goals on 21 shots.
The Islanders, meanwhile, are coming off a victory as they ended a two-game
slide with Saturday's win over visiting Buffalo.
Yann Danis stopped 31 shots to secure his second consecutive home shutout and
Sean Bergenheim scored twice as the Islanders beat the Sabres, 2-0, at the
Jack Hillen, Kyle Okposo, and Frans Nielsen each had an assist for the
Islanders, who bounced back from a 5-4 defeat in a shootout against Toronto on
Danis made a career-high 40 saves to earn his second career shutout in a 4-0
win over the Devils on February 21.
The Islanders are playing the third test of a season-high six-game homestand
today and are 13-13-5 as the host this year. New York, which will host the
rival Rangers on Thursday, has won six of its last nine games at the Coliseum.
New York is 3-0-1 with a tie in the last five meetings with the Avalanche, but
Colorado ended a four-game series winless streak with an overtime victory in
Denver the last time the clubs met on January 5 of the 2007-08 season.
Colorado has lost four straight in the Coliseum.
03/02 10:36:03 ET