NEW YORK ISLANDERS AT COLORADO, 6 p.m. Sunday, ALT, 950 AM
Spotlight on: Scott Mayfield. The Islanders defenseman has solidified himself as a full-time NHLer after spending most of his first four seasons as a professional in the minor leagues. Mayfield, 25, was selected by the Islanders early in the second round (34th) of the 2011 draft before joining the University of Denver as an 18-year-old freshman. He signed with the Isles after his sophomore season at DU, but mostly played for the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for three years before splitting time with Bridgeport and New York last season. Mayfield is from St. Louis, and was one of the finest prospects to come out of an area that has become a hockey hotbed. He spends much of the offseason in the Denver area.
Islanders — They produced a season-high 44 shots Friday but lost 4-2 at Winnipeg. … The Isles, who are second in the NHL in scoring with 3.50 goals-per game, have allowed 44 first-period goals, most in the NHL, and have allowed the first goal of the game in a league-high 24-of-38 games. They are 13-1 when scoring first. … Anders Lee scored both goals Friday — his sixth two-game goal of the season — and now shares the lead with an NHL-most 24 goals. … Forward Josh Bailey leads the NHL with 38 assists and is having a career season, with his 49 points just seven shy of his career high. Bailey, 28, has benefited from playing with Lee and team captain John Tavares.
Avalanche — Rookie center J.T. Compher is questionable with an injury. After scoring the overtime goal in Friday’s 4-3 win against Toronto, Compher was seen walking into the X-ray room at the Pepsi Center with a trainer. Coach Jared Bednar on Saturday said Compher’s condition won’t be updated until Sunday. … The Avs had an optional practice Saturday and will have an optional morning skate Sunday. … They will take a 10-game penalty-killing streak into Sunday’s game, having gone a perfect 29-for-29 in that stretch and are 30-for-30 overall. … Colorado is 11-7-1 at home but just 3-4-0 this month. … Second-year winger Mikko Rantanen is on an eight-game points streak, longest of his career and the Avalanche’s longest since Ryan O’Reilly had points in eight consecutive games in 2015.
Published at Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:12:12 +0000