After the New York Islanders outplayed the Washington Capitals but still lost 4-3 despite giving up only 19 shots on Jaroslav Halak, the Isles will turn back to Thomas Greiss as the starter in goal Sunday night when the Colorado Avalanche visit.
The Avs (8-5-0) thus far do not look like last year's miserable last-place team, which was one of the few squads against whom Jean-Francois Berube started and won. They've won three in a row to rise that margin above .500, and their power play is as hot as the Islanders' (a phrase that seemed downright impossible after the fruitless first week of the season).
Islanders (7-5-1, 5th/Metro) vs. Avalanche (8-5-0, 3rd/Central)
6 p.m. EST | Barclays Center
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Opposition insight: Mile High Hockey
Ledds: "Chemistry is there on both power-play units. We’re having good zone entries, setting the puck up quick & getting pucks to the net." pic.twitter.com/RVRKfK8lXe— #IslesFightCancer (@NYIslanders) November 5, 2017
Colorado is coming off a shootout win in Philadelphia last night, with two forwards out due to illness forcing a 7-defensemen, 11-forward lineup last night. With the back-to-back, we won't know their setup until close to game time.
Outside of swapping Greiss for Halak, the only other lineup change from the Isles is Scott Mayfield slotting back in for Thomas Hickey, likely reuniting the Calvin de Haan-Mayfield pairing. Adam Pelech remains day-to-day.
That would leave the Isles lineup looking like this:
Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle
Brock Nelson -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Jason Chimera
Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan -- Scott Mayfield
Dennis Seidenberg -- Ryan Pulock
If the Avalanche are forced into the same alignment as last night in Philadelphia, you'd see:
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
Nail Yakupov -- Matt Duchene -- Sven Andrighetto
Gabriel Bourque -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau
A.J. Greer -- Alexander Kerfoot
Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson
Patrik Nemeth -- Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov -- Anton Lindholm
Yes, that's old pal Blake Comeau still hanging around, as well as promising youngster Mikko Rantanen and Nail Yakupov (4-3-7) finding some life in his third NHL stop.
There is some theater surrounding the Avs that could change the tone of their season in a hurry: For one, the Matt Duchene trade scuttlebutt has not gone away with their strong start, as the latest has the usual go-to national reporters saying there is still a possible deal to be had between the Senators and Avalanche.
For another, those two teams happen to be headed for a week in Sweden after tonight's game, leading to a back-to-back weekend set of games between Petr Forsberg and Daniel Alfredsson's old teams.