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Game Preview: Islanders at Kings

Jaroslav Halak starts in goal, as Islanders complete back-to-back set vs. Kings (10:30 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders (6-8-4) at LA Kings (10-9-1)
10:30 p.m., Staples Center
TV: MSG+
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. 

The Lineup: 

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. 

PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
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
DEFENSE
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.

Gaborik Out: 

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. 

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