Big Story: Los Angeles limps into Nassau Coliseum looking to improve its 1-3-0 record on its current season-long, six-game road trip. The Kings, still holding on to seventh place in the West despite a League-low 119 goals, will face an Islanders team looking to rebound from a 4-2 loss to fellow also-rans Montreal on Thursday.
Kings: Things have gone from bad to worse for the flagging Los Angeles attack. The Kings have scored just five goals in four games on their current road trip, and three of those came in their lone win over Tampa Bay. A 3-1 loss at Florida on Thursday was just the latest in a series of frustrating offensive performances. Drew Doughty scored the lone goal as Los Angeles was held below two goals for the 39th time this season.
"It's more of the same for us," said captain Dustin Brown, who had an assist on Doughty's goal. "We've got to find ways to score more goals."
Islanders: While Los Angeles has maintained its playoff position despite dismal goal output, New York's prolonged scoring woes have anchored them near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Though the Isles have played well of late - going 6-2-2 over their past 10 with resurgent play from goalie Evgeni Nabokov -- offensive inconsistency is still a cause for concern. The 4-2 loss in Bell Centre could have been much worse if not for two goals in the final three minutes.
"Coming back at the end to score two goals is good," captain Mark Streit said. "But at the end of the day it's the win that counts. They [the Canadiens] were vulnerable and we didn't take advantage of that."
Who's Hot: Anze Kopitar has two of Los Angeles' five goals on this current road trip, and assisted on the lone tally against the Panthers. He has four goals and three assists in seven career games against the Isles.
Injury Report: For Los Angeles, Jarret Stoll (lower body) and Simon Gagne (concussion) are out indefinitely. … Isles defenseman Dylan Reese will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained left MCL. Travis Hamonic will miss at least two weeks with a broken nose, and Marty Reasoner (broken right thumb) and Mike Mottau (concussion-like symptoms) are on injured reserve.
Stat Pack: After suffering from a host of shaky goaltenders all season, Nabokov has emerged as the Isles go-to netminder. He is 6-2 with a 1.25 goals-against average in his last eight starts. In his last two starts against the Kings -- both wins -- Nabokov has stopped 69 of 71 shots.
Puck Drop: With hopes of generating more offense, the Kings recalled Dwight King and Jordan Nolan from AHL Manchester and are expected to play both on Saturday. King will be playing in his seventh NHL game and Nolan will make his NHL debut. They are expected to flank center Mike Richards.
"We've got to get more scoring out of guys," coach Darryl Sutter said Friday when asked about the moves. "This isn't about `wait and see.' This is about now. You can be patient and teach and give them confidence, but they've got to perform too. That's part of the deal. These kids are big kids that can skate. They've had the same knack for offense, historically if you look at it, that is the same as the group here, so why not?"
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