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Avs seek rare road win over Islanders

(SportsNetwork.com) - Hoping to avoid a third straight setback, the Colorado Avalanche try to record their first road victory against the New York Islanders in over 15 years as the two clubs clash on Long Island Saturday night.

The Avs won their fourth game in a row when they picked up a victory in the opener of a four-game road trip with Monday's triumph over the New Jersey Devils, but have since lost games to the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Colorado was bested 5-1 in New York, then lost by a 3-1 margin two nights later to Philadelphia on Thursday.

Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 34 shots and rookie Nathan MacKinnon helped the Avalanche avoid a shutout by scoring with 2:50 left to play for his 21st goal of the season. He beat Steve Mason from an awkward angle below the left circle.

"He made some huge saves, I'll give him some props for that. But like I said, it's funny that a goal like that would go in and not some of the shots that he made saves on," said MacKinnon about the play of Mason.

"Maybe we should have threw some cheesier shots at him from the side of the net or whatever, but we can't have too many regrets, he played well for them."

Colorado will wrap its road trip tonight hoping to avoid its longest losing streak since Dec. 21-29.

To do that, the Avalanche will need to beat the Islanders on the road for the first time since Dec. 8, 1998. They have lost six in a row on Long Island since.

New York has won five of the previous six meetings overall, including a 2-1 overtime triumph in Colorado on Jan. 10 in the first of two meetings this season.

MacKinnon had a goal and Varlamov posted 22 saves, while the Islanders' Michael Grabner scored 1:46 into overtime. Kevin Poulin made 30 saves to pace New York.

The Islanders have skidded to six losses in their past seven games, including Thursday's 4-2 setback to the Calgary Flames.

Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan recorded a goal apiece to erase a 2-0 deficit, but the Flames went ahead for good on David Jones' tally with 5:32 left in the third period.

Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 21 shots for the Islanders, while John Tavares notched his 42nd assist of the campaign.

"They got pucks to the net and we didn't," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said of the difference in the game. "We passed up a lot of chances."

Capuano will have defenseman Travis Hamonic back in the lineup tonight. He was activated off injured reserve on Friday after sitting out the past 12 games with an upper-body injury.

Hamonic has just nine points in 47 games this season, but is second on the club with an average of 24:57 of ice time per game.

New York has fallen five points behind Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, while Colorado is third in the Central Division with 77 points, five back of the second-place St. Louis Blues.

02/08 10:47:49 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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