Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus 2 Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
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The Islanders and Colorado Avalanche will meet for the second time in less then two weeks.
This time the two clubs will meet on Long Island for a Tuesday evening affair. The last go around the Islanders were shutout by the Avs 5-0 at the Pepsi Center in the opening game of a west coast road trip. The Islanders finished off the road trip in winning fashion with a 3-2-0 record over the five-game swing.
The Islanders would like to avoid a let down after three very good games to close out the trip. Though having a bad game on Tuesday is not something that has crossed the coaching staffs mind.
"We don't even talk about it," head coach Jack Capuano said in response to a question about avoiding a let down. "We just talk about our video and everyday the message is to get better. And make sure that we continue to do the right things at the right times... We have good character and leadership on that group there. We rely on those guys in that room to make sure we come out and get a good start here tonight against a real good team."
Jaroslav Halak start in net against the Avalanche and Corey Conacher will return to the lineup. A decision on Johnny Boychuk's status for Tuesday's game will be determined later in the day.
The Avalanche will likely start Semyon Varlamov in net.
The Islanders would like to avoid the same result that they had last game against Colorado, but they feel that their performance was not as bad as the score reflected. Capuano called the loss to the Avalanche and the loss in San Jose two of the better games that his team played without getting any points.
New York did manage 40 shots on net, but failed to score once that night. The power play unit also went o-for-6 in that game.
"I think you look at the shots in the first period we put up a ton of shots," John Tavares said. "We had a lot of puck possession, we generated a lot of chances. Varlamov was very good that night and our power play...the first four or five power plays we created a lot."