Daughter has a practice test for her black belt that she is testing for in May. Won’t get to see this until later but will be following on radio. So did not have time to do one early or thorough. We are coming off a less than inspired win against the Devils. Lately, we are giving up more shots than we had in a while would like to see the keep them under 25 today.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (31-16-6) VS COLORADO AVALANCHE (22-22-9)
SEASON SERIES: NYI LEAD 1-0-0
The Islanders beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Dec. 17 in Denver. Thomas Greiss stopped 30 shots in the win, as the Isles held the Avs high-flying top line in check in the win. The Islanders are 3-0-0 against Colorado in Brooklyn and 10-1-0 in their last 11 home games vs the Avs.
- Cal Clutterbuck did not participate in the Islanders optional skate on Friday, but his injury is not deemed to be serious by Head Coach Barry Trotz. Clutterbuck left Thursday's win against the Devils in the second period and did not return. His status for Saturday's game was not revealed. UPDATE: Clutterbuck will be a gametime decision. If he can't go, Tom Kuhnhackl is expected to draw into the lineup.
- The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. The win improved the Islanders to 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and are 17-4-2 in their last 23 games.
- Saturday's game is the first half of a back-to-back set for the Islanders, who wrap up their two-game set on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild. The Islanders are 5-2-1 in the front half of back-to-backs and are 8-0-0 in the back half - which ties a club record.
- Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss are likely to split the back-to-back games this weekend. Lehner is 12-2-1 (1.44, .950) in his last 15 decisions with an NHL-leading 2.02 GAA and NHL-leading .932 SV%. Greiss is 3-0-1 in the last four games, allowing a total of two goals in 130 shots (3-0-1, 0.48 GAA, .985 SV%).
- The Islanders (68 points) remain atop the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of the Washington Capitals (66 points) and five points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins (63 points apiece).
- Mathew Barzal is riding a three-game point streak (2G, 1A) and has four points (3G, 1A) in his last five games. Barzal leads the Islanders with 32 assists and 48 points.
- The Avalanche (53 points) are in a crowded chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Avs are two points back of the St. Louis Blues (55 points) for the second wild card berth, but only three points ahead of the last-place LA Kings (50 points).
- The Avalanche are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games and are most recently coming off a 4-3 OT loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
- Colorado is powered by by Mikko Rantanen (75 points), Nathan MacKinnon (73 points) and Gabriel Landeskog (56 points). Rantanen is fourth in the NHL in points, MacKinnon is sixth, while Landeskog is 27th.
- Avs coach Jared Bednar did not reveal his goaltender for Saturday's game, per the Avalanche's official site.
Is out. Sounds like good energy so far today.
Isles I love drinking in the afternoon !!
Had one bad shift and it cost them. Let’s tie it right away.
of this goal scoring funk.
beau needed that
Pulock 1st goal in 16 games
1st Gia by an Islander defenseman in 10 games .
That was a lot of fun! Team really got it going when down after 2-0. Nice crowd at Barclays today too!
Got to watch the game alone today as my wingman/son is off on a scout trip. Isles looked good right away with Lee nearly burying one in the first 25 seconds. Avs couldn't keep up with our forecheck. Slight pushback about 5 minutes in, but the Isles rode that out and established much of the pace of play. Not just the eye test, but all objective stats (feel free to look at Corsica.com) also pointed to better Isles play. First Avs goal was off a weird bounce off the back boards out in front and 55 was a half step late.
Getting the late one back in the 2nd to cut it to 2-1 was definitely a momentum shifter. The hustle play back by Martin to break up the sure Avs goal lit the spark and turned it around, literally and figuratively, to get the game tied. The Pulock death beam on the 4 on 3 was magnificent and what the doctor ordered (and what I called to our guys in the chatty). The Avs tieing goal was a fluke off 2 of our D's skates, but after a poor shift. That said, the boys never got down about it. The OT started out disastrously and Leddy almost handed the game to Colorado. Survived that and the unlikely hustle unit of Nelly, Zeek and Pulock did great work, Brock especially, to set up yet another Pulock laser. Fuckin solid win. And as pointed out above, 5 consecutive wins from down 2-0. Not too shabby.
I was mentioning to the guys that we're now getting spoiled when we feel like giving up more than 1 is a slap in the face. Weird to have the sense of calm, knowing that falling behind one or two isn't a floodgate to 9-0. This team always has a puncher's chance. Because they work. And because they look at it as a brotherhood. Tight group. And when you get the details down, have the work ethic, commit, play the right way even if it's new or foreign, surely get a little luck, but always being in position to make the right play? Shit, gimme that every day (and maybe a scoring W for help on the PP, but more a pipe dream as they'd be dumb to disrupt the chemistry at the expense of assets). A key also will to be to improve the PP. Special teams make or break a team in the postseason. This really isn't supposed to be "the year" yet, but I'm in no way gonna sneeze at the ride we seem to be on. I'm gonna enjoy my evening and hope you do, too.
Cycling the PP through Pulock on the wing lately. Reminds me of what Trotz did with AO. Pulock looking like he’s growing into the all star D that we were expecting.
Black belt test.so many kids took forever. Going to watch later, the hustle play by Martin really seemed to fire up the team. PP got exactly what was needed a score from our D. Will open up so much if we can get a few more from the point.
Great to see you PGA, always love your analysis. Loving this run let’s keep it going.