With a win over the Islanders, the Avalanche will set the NHL record for consecutive regular season road victories with 15. With a win, they would also match the best start in Colorado history, equaling the 6-0-0 start from the 2013/14 campaign, per Avalanche head of PR Brendan McNicholas.
For the fourth consecutive game, the Avalanche will start the game with different line combinations. In the middle of Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes, Jared Bednar switched things up, putting Nathan MacKinnon between Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin. That trio combined for a goal soon after. Expect them to stay together, and for Mikko Rantanen to play with Ryan Johansen.
One day after being named the second star of the week by the NHL, Alexandar Georgiev will be in net for the Avalanche. He will eventually need a night off, but it won’t come tonight.
On the opposite end will be Ilya Sorokin, who is arguably the best goalie in the league, and who I picked to win the Vezina Trophy this season. He hides a lot of the deficiencies of the Islanders, and will a tough cookie for the Avalanche to crack.
Ilya Sorokin is on one right now pic.twitter.com/ipzOUTvMFD
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) October 21, 2023
The Islanders are led by Brock Nelson, who has picked up three goals in four games. Colorado will catch a bit of a break, as veteran stay-at-home defenseman (And DU alum) Scott Mayfield will not play.
This is one of 16 games on the NHL schedule tonight, so you’ll have plenty of options on what to watch before, after, and during intermissions.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Valeri Nichushkin
Tomas Tatar – Ryan Johansen – Mikko Rantanen
Miles Wood – Ross Colton – Jonathan Drouin
Andrew Cogliano – Fredrik Olofsson – Logan O’Connor
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Sam Girard – Bowen Byram
Jack Johnson – Josh Manson
Expected New York Islanders Lineup
Lee – Horvat – Barzal
Engvall – Nelson – Palmieri
Holmstrom – Pageau – Wahlstrom
Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck
Pelech – Dobson
Romanov – Pulock
Bolduc – Aho
Ilya Sorokin (Confirmed)
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 27.8%, 8th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 95.5%, 2nd in NHL
New York Islanders Power Play: 9.1%, 27th in NHL
New York Islanders Penalty Kill: 69.2%, 27th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: Altitude TV, ESPN+
Radio: 950 AM
Game Time: 6:00 PM MST