New York Islanders (6-8-4) at LA Kings (10-9-1)
10:30 p.m., Staples Center
Radio: WFAN 660AM - 101.9FM, 88.7FM WRHU
One night after a marathon 14-round shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks, the New York Islanders are back in action against the LA Kings (10:30 p.m., MSG+). It's the second game of a three-game swing through California and the Islanders are looking to complete the Southern California sweep for the second time in three seasons.
Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders on Wednesday night. Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) will be a game-time decision. Clutterbuck left Tuesday's win in the second period and did not return.
|LEFT WING ||CENTER ||RIGHT WING |
|JOSH BAILEY ||JOHN TAVARES ||ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER |
|NIKOLAY KULEMIN ||BROCK NELSON ||RYAN STROME |
|ANDREW LADD ||CASEY CIZIKAS ||CAL CLUTTERBUCK/SHANE PRINCE* |
|ANDERS LEE ||ALAN QUINE ||JASON CHIMERA |
|LEFT ||RIGHT |
|NICK LEDDY ||TRAVIS HAMONIC |
|THOMAS HICKEY ||JOHNNY BOYCHUK |
|CALVIN DE HAAN ||ADAM PELECH |
*Shane Prince was the Islanders extra forward on Tuesday
Budaj Likely To Start For Kings
With Jonathan Quick suffering a lower-body injury in the season opener, Peter Budaj has taken the starting reins in Los Angeles. Budaj was the first goalie off the ice at Kings morning skate - according to beat writer Elliott Teaford - and is expected to make his 19th straight appearance for LA.
The 34-year-old netminder is 10-6-1 in his 18 previous - and consecutive - appearances, with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Budaj has won three straight starts.
Koptiar Likely In:
Anze Kopitar took Kings morning skate on Wednesday and is likely to be in tonight, according to LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen. Rosen reports that Kopitar - who missed five games with an upper-body injury - centered a line with Dwight King and Trevor Lewis. Kopitar had eight points (2G, 6A) in 15 games to start the season.
Marian Gaborik will not play on Wednesday night. Gaborik suffered a broken right foot in the World Cup of Hockey and has yet to play for the Kings this season. The veteran forward took morning skate, but is targeting a Saturday return.