New York Islanders (18-9-5) at Colorado Avalanche (15-16-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 17, 2015, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +100 / New York Islanders -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Islanders look to shake off a tough loss in their last outing as they head into Colorado to battle the suddenly surging Avalanche.
The New York Islanders are coming off a tough loss but remain one of the hottest teams in the league with a 7-1-2 mark in their last 10 contests but they head into Denver to battle the Avs who after a very slow start appear to be on their way to saving their season. The Isles have a very balanced team and will certainly be in the mix with the Rangers and Capitals atop the Metro division but if there is any knock on them at the moment it is their play in their own end as they can afford to tighten up a bit and give Jaroslav Halak a bit more breathing room, especially against good teams. The Isles are in third in the Metro at the moment and will send Halak out tonight as he will go up against Semyon Varlamov who appears to have a grip on the starter's job once again.
The Avalanche have a pretty lethal attack and one of the best coaches you can offer when it comes to goaltending so it was a bit surprising to see them struggle to start the season and while they stilll have a ways to go they look like the team now that many thought would be competing for a playoff spot. The problem remains that the Avs are too far out of it even though we haven't reached Christmas but in the Central division the top dogs are looking like world beaters and Colorado may have to go on a tear just to threaten for a wild card spot. The Avs sit fourth from the bottom in terms of goals conceded in the Western Conference this season so that is certainly a good place to start and I think they know that going into a match up with the offensively gifted Isles they'll need to do a better job of it. Unfortunately, I think new York has too much talent and in the end the better team will get the win on the road.