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New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche [Game 39]

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An NHL career begins as the calendar year ends.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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8:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ Pepsi Center ALT 950 AM KRWZ
League Value Metric Value League
14th 57.9% Points Percentage 52.7% 20th
16th 15.50% Net Power Play Percentage 13.82% 25th
30th 78.26% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 86.67% 7th
25th 93.76% Combined Special Teams Percentage 100.48% 15th
2nd 3.55 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.16 8th
30th 3.50 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.22 26th
7th .37 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .46 4th
20th 48.97% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.90% 24th
25th 47.63% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.98% 20th
7th 101.08% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.26% 15th
2nd 9.44% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.48% 9th
28th 91.63% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.78% 25th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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The calendar year is about to and as a new NHL career begins for the New York Islanders. After seeing enough of Dennis Seidenberg in their last contest, Doug Weight has opted to start Sebastian Aho (who will consistently be tagged as the one from the Carolina Hurricanes apparently) for his first career start. He'll be on the third pairing for tonight's contest.

The opponents for tonight's contest will be the sneakily similar Colorado Avalanche. Both teams have seen their issues with puck possession, but high P.D.O.'s lead by above average shooting percentages to go along with favorable penalty differentials have helped them remain afloat this this season. The Islanders perform slightly better in the scoring chance and shooting percentage categories while the Avalanche have better special teams and have performed better overall in puck possession.

The Islanders caught a break in their last contest against the Avalanche when Blake Comeau went down with an injury at the same time Matt Duchene was traded away to the Ottawa Senators which left Colorado two forwards down. The Islanders were rumored candidates to land Duchene, but it appears as though they may have lucked out as Duchene has disappeared in Ottawa. With that being said, Colorado has performed better since ditching Duchene and the Islanders are not in position to take this Avalanche team lightly.

The Islanders will have changes to their forward corps to go along with the aforementioned defensive swap. Alan Quine and Anthony Beauvillier are back in for the Islanders at the expense of Shane Prince and Steve Bernier as they try to find any combination that will work on the third line. The play of the third line has been anything but good this season and is a big reason why the Islanders are hanging onto a playoff position despite the terrific play of the top two lines.

Jaroslav Halak gets the start tonight. He'll square off against Jonathan Bernier for the Avalanche. Puck drop is at 8:05 P.M. E.S.T. and can be found on MSG+.

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Brock Nelson Alan Quine Anthony Beauvillier
Jason Chimera Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey Sebastian Aho
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Colorado Avalanche Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Mikko Rantanen
Sven Andrighetto Alexander Kerfoot Nail Yakupov
Colin Wilson Tyson Jost Gabriel Bourque
Matt Nieto Carl Soderberg Blake Comeau
Left Defence Right Defense
Nikita Zadorov Erik Johnson
Patrik Nemeth Mark Barberio
Samuel Girard Anton Lindholm
Goalies
Jonathan Bernier
Semyon Varlamov