Avalanche-Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders opened their recent five-game trip with a lopsided loss to Colorado and a defeat in their next game, but finished with three straight victories.

Looking to match their longest winning streak of the season, the Islanders can avenge the defeat to the Avalanche by handing them a seventh consecutive road loss Tuesday night.

New York (9-5-0) outshot Colorado 40-23 but was stymied by Semyon Varlamov in a 5-0 defeat Oct. 30. Islanders star John Tavares called it a "frustrating loss" after his team missed numerous scoring chances and played poorly on defense.

The Islanders fell 3-1 to San Jose two nights later, but went on to earn one-goal victories over Anaheim, Los Angeles and Arizona.

"We got outplayed (at Colorado) but after that first game we played pretty well," said Jaroslav Halak, who made 19 saves during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Coyotes, his second consecutive victory.

"The last three games we stuck with the game plan and got the result we wanted."

New York managed seven goals on the trip but allowed six after the first game and killed all nine penalties in the last two contests.

"I think overall we played some good hockey," said Tavares, who had two goals and an assist during the road stretch. "It’s great to finish up this way, but we want to get back home and keep it going."

Tavares has three goals and three assists at home, where New York is 3-2-0 and stops Tuesday before heading back on the road for two.

"We’ll go home and take care of business," coach Jack Capuano said.

Colorado (4-7-5) has gone 0-3-3 away from home since beating Boston 2-1 on Oct. 13 for its only win in eight road contests. It’s the club’s longest road skid since an 0-11-3 slide in 2012-13.

The Avalanche have allowed 18 goals while going 1-3-1 since beating the Islanders.

Varlamov is 0-2-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average in three games since that victory. He watched Saturday as Philadelphia got the best of backup Reto Berra, who made 23 saves in a 4-3 road defeat.

Though the Avalanche dug themselves in a deep hole by allowing the Flyers to score three power-play goals, they nearly came all the way back from a 4-0 deficit.

"I’m very happy (with) the way we fought," coach Patrick Roy told the Avalanche’s official website. "We came back in that game, and we played hard. I was very pleased with this."

Philadelphia’s first two goals came with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon serving a five-minute major for boarding Luke Schenn. The Rookie of the Year with 24 goals in 2013-14, MacKinnon scored his first two this season against the Islanders and followed with one in each of the next two. However, he’s been held to one assist in three games since.

Max Talbot scored his first goal of the season and added an assist against the Flyers.

Matt Duchene scored twice and MacKinnon had a goal as the Avalanche snapped a six-game skid on Long Island with a 5-2 victory Feb. 8.