New York Islanders (1-2-0-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2-0-1-0)
When: 10:30 PM ET, Sunday, October 15, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Lines: NY Islanders +120 / Los Angeles -150
Islanders Hope To Succeed In California
A tough California back-to-back set awaits the New York Islanders (1-2-1), who will face the San Jose Sharks (on Saturday) and the Los Angeles Kings (just 24 hours later), having already lost to another team in California on Wednesday, falling 3-2 at the Anaheim Ducks. Jordan Eberle, who has notched two assists so far this year, was doubtful for the upcoming double-header after taking a big hit during practice on Thursday. Right wing Cal Clutterbuck, though, was expected to return after missing three games with a lower-body problem. John Tavares, Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson were leading the team ahead of the weekend with two goals and an assist each, with Joshua Ho-Sand having collected three helpers.
Thomas Greiss (0-1-0 with a 4.38 GAA and a .885 save percentage) was set to start against the Sharks, so Jaroslav Halak is likely to deputize in goal for the trip to Los Angeles. The 32-year-old Czech was 1-1-0 ahead of the weekend with a 2.45 GAA and a .914 save percentage and has posted a 6-9-2 career record against the Kings with a 2.43 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Islanders were coming into the upcoming schedule, scoring the 12th lowest amount of goals per fixture (2.50), while conceding the 13th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.25). They were 8th in penalty kill with 87.5% efficiency (14-for-16), but were still struggling on power play, failing to score on a total of 15 man-advantage opportunities.
Kings Remain In Los Angeles
The four-game homestand of the Los Angeles Kings (2-0-1) continues with a back-to-back set, with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders visiting over a 24 hour stretch on the weekend. The homestand started on Wednesday with a 4-3 overtime loss against the Calgary Flames and was preceded by two easy victories against the Philadelphia Flyers (2-0) and the San Jose Sharks (4-1). Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar were coming into the double-header with team-high five points each, having individually collected three goals and two assists. Kyle Clifford, who alongside Nick Shore and Trevow Lewis combined for two goals and two assists throughout the first two games on Los Angeles’ fourth line, is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
Goalie Jonathan Quick had started every game of the new season prior to the weekend, going 2-0-1 with a 1.66 GAA and a .948 save percentage. He is 5-1-2 against the New York Islanders in past encounters with a 1.59 GAA and a .935 save percentage. In case of Quick starting against Buffalo, though, Darcy Kuemper is likely to get his first sniff of the ice this season. He was 8-5-3 with a 3.13 GAA and a .902 save percentage last year for the Minnesota Wild and has gone 0-1-0 in past two appearances against the Isles with a 4.22 GAA and a .875 save percentage, allowing five goals on 40 shots over 71 minutes. After the first three outings of 2017-18, the Kings are 16th in most goals scored per game (3.00), top of the league in least goals given up on average (1.67 per contest), 2nd best in penalty kill with 93.3% proficiency (14-for-15) and one of the four teams yet to score with the man-advantage, going 0-for-16 on power play.
- Islanders are 1-6 in their last 7 meetings with Kings in Los Angeles.
- Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan.
The second games of back-to-backs have gone more the Islanders way (four wins in the last five games), rather than for the Kings, who have just one victory in the last seven outings with no rest. Having said that, the Isles have recorded just one win on their last seven trips to L.A., while the Kings have won 11 of the past 16 meetings between the two teams…