Colorado will get a spark with the return of Gabriel Landeskog, who comes back after a four-game suspension for a cross-check to the head of Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk. "I think that was a key moment".
Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than.600 and over is 6-0-1 in Avalanche last 7 Thursday games and over is 5-0 in Avalanche last 5 vs.
Vasilevskiy has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 of 23 starts.
"We're obviously going through something here where we're not playing the way we're capable of", coach Jared Bednar said after Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Buffalo. Evander Kane scored the eventual game victor while both Benoit Pouiliot and Jake McGabe added a goal and assist eeah.
"We weren't very good for a majority of the game", said star center John Tavares, who had an assist. "We're just not playing real well right now".
The balanced Tampa Bay attack received a pair of goals from Yanni Gourde while Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr, Chris Kunitz and Vladislav Namestnikov also found the back of the net.
There was a complete switch starting the second as the Islanders got the period's first nine shots, including Barzal's backhand power-play goal at 7:07. Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay. "Two penalties late and it's 5-2".
The Lightning reached 40 points in a franchise-fastest 27 games. Anders Lee extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with his fifth tally in that span and captain John Tavares netted his team-leading 17th as NY won for the fifth time in its last six on the road.
Islanders: Play at Pittsburgh on Thursday night in their third stop on a four-game trip.