Islanders at Avalanche 12/17/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions
The Colorado Avalanche remain at home on Monday and will host the New York Islanders. The Avalanche beat Dallas 6-4 at home on Saturday and are 18-9-6 on the season. Colorado is 5-3-2 over their last ten games and are 4th in the Western Conference. The Avalanche are 7-3-3 at home.
Semyon Varlamov will make his 23rd start in the net for Colorado. Varlamov is 11-7-3 on the season and has one shutout. Varlamov carries a 2.77 goals against average and has allowed 58 goals. The Avalanche average 3.67 goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL.
The New York Islanders head to Colorado after beat Detroit in a shootout at home on Saturday. The Islanders are 15-12-4 on the season and are 9th in the Eastern Conference. New York is 4-4-2 over their last ten games and are 7-7-1 on the road.
Thomas Greiss will protect the net for the Islanders. Greiss is 11-6-1 on the season with one shutout. Greiss carries a 2.59 goals against average and has allowed 46 goals. The Islanders are 2-8 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Colorado has been a very good home team this season. The home team is 20-7-1 in the last 28 meetings. The Avalanche are 8-2 in their last 10 Monday games while the Islanders are 1-8 in their last 9 Monday games. Lay it and play it with the home team. Final Score Prediction: The Colorado Avalanche win 3-2.