The Colorado Avalanche have made good use of their homestand, while the New York Islanders appear poised for success on their season-long road trip considering their recent play away from home.
Defense could come at a premium Friday night when Colorado hosts New York in a matchup of two offenses playing well.
The Avalanche (27-12-4) will be trying to close their seven-game homestand with five wins after an up-and-down 4-3 overtime victory over Ottawa. Colorado claimed a 2-0 lead less than minutes in, but Paul Stastny forced overtime with 2:20 to play in regulation and assisted on Tyson Barrie's winner 33 seconds into overtime.
"It's awesome," said Barrie, who has eight points in his last 10 games after totaling just three in his first 17 contests. "To get that point going to OT was huge, and to get the second one was awesome."
Gabriel Landeskog recorded a career-high three assists, including helpers on the tying and winning goals, to extend his point streak to eight games. Jamie McGinn scored the game's first goal on Colorado's lone power-play opportunity. The Avalanche have seven power-play goals on 14 chances over their last five games.
"A character win for us," coach Patrick Roy said. " ... The last five minutes, I really liked what I saw. We played with urgency and I was very proud of our team."
Meanwhile, the Islanders (16-22-7) are making their second stop on a season-long six game trip. They opened with a 5-3 win in Toronto on Tuesday, their fifth straight win away from home and fifth victory in six games overall.
It also marked the fourth time in New York's last five road games it scored five goals, with three coming in the final 20 minutes on Tuesday.
The Islanders had been abysmal away from home earlier in the season, losing 10 in a row from Nov. 5-Dec. 9 prior to their current 6-1-0 stretch.
"Early on, I don't know if it was nerves or a lack of poise or confidence," coach Jack Capuano said. "But now we're just playing with an attitude, playing with an edge, playing with confidence and doing the right things to give us a chance."
New York, which has not won six straight road games since Oct. 5-26, 2001, has also enjoyed a 50.0 percent power-play success rate over its last five games with nine goals on 18 opportunities.
John Tavares and Thomas Vanek continue to lead the offense, with Tavares recording three assists Tuesday to push his point streak to seven games while Vanek's 17th assist extended his run to 10 games. Tavares has 16 points over his last seven contests while Vanek has 15 in 10 games.
Kevin Poulin has been filling in for Evgeni Nabokov in goal after Nabokov was placed on injured reserve Monday due to a lower-body injury, though Poulin has been shaky with 36 stops on 41 shots over two games.
It's unclear if Colorado center Ryan O'Reilly will be able to play after he was scratched against Ottawa due to a shoulder injury he sustained in Monday's loss to Calgary.
The Avalanche had dropped four straight in the series prior to a 4-3 victory in the teams' last meeting on Nov. 10, 2011. Stastny had a goal and an assist.
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