Game Preview: Islanders at Kings

The Islanders head to Hollywood and renew hostilities with the Kings.

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 12:00 AM
Cory Wright

New York Islanders
8-16-5 (21 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
3-10-0 road
Los Angeles Kings
18-7-4 (40 points - 3rd in Pacific Division, 5th in Western Conference)
9-4-2 home
10:30 p.m.
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King, Color: Greg Picker
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders lost the series opener against the Kings 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 14. The home team held a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes, but the visiting Kings scored three goals in the final frame to steal two points. The Islanders were 1:27 away from salvaging a point, but Tyler Toffoli tipped a Jake Muzzin shot past Kevin Poulin completing the regulation comeback.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 14, 2013: LAK 3, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Kings player to watch
Anze Kopitar - Center

Kopitar enters the game as the Kings leading scorer, posting 24 points (7g/17a) in 29 games. The career-King recently hit the 500-point mark, in only his 549th NHL game, and has a career scoring clip of .90 points-per-game. Kopitar has 13 points (6g/7a) in his last 16 games.
 
 
Islanders Storylines
Coast-to-Coast: The Islanders are in California for games against Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose. They are currently the top three teams in the Pacific division, so it won’t be easy trekking through the golden coast.
Streaking: Andrew MacDonald (1g/2a) and Kyle Okposo (2g/2a) are riding three-game point streaks. MacDonald has two goals in his last two games against Western conference teams.
• No Quick, No Nabby: Evgeni Nabokov and Kings starter Jonathan Quick will both sit out tonight's game with injuries. Both goalies were also sidelined in the Nov. 14 meeting.
The Matchup
Islanders
16.5% (20th)
70.0% (30th)
75
101
1-7-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Kings
15.9 (22nd)
85.3% (7th)
76
62
6-1-3
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
– 16 Peter Regin – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
60 Kevin Poulin
LA Kings previous game lines
Forwards
74 Dwight King – 11 Anze Kopitar – 77 Jeff Carter
23 Dustin Brown – 28 Jarret Stoll – 14 Justin Williams
71 Jordan Nolan –
10 Mike Richards – 73 Tyler Toffoli
13 Kyle Clifford – 24 Colin Fraser – 21 Matt Frattin

Defensemen

6 Jake Muzzin – 8 Drew Doughty
26 Slava Voynov – 44 Robyn Regehr
33 Willie Mitchell – 27 Alec Martinez

Goaltenders

54 Ben Scrivens
31 Martin Jones
Quote of the Day:
Andrew MacDonald on the Nov. 14 game against LA.
“We played really well against LA when they came (to Long Island). We should have won that game being up heading into the third.”


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