NEW YORK ISLANDERS (2-2-1) AT LA KINGS (3-0-1)
10:30 P.M. STAPLES Center
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The New York Islanders notched their first road win of the season on Saturday night, a 3-1 gutcheck win over the San Jose Sharks. Getting their second won't be any easier, as they take on the LA Kings, another physical, grinding Western Conference team on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Islanders are back to having 13 healthy forwards on their roster, which means tough choices for Head Coach Doug Weight. Cal Clutterbuck's return sent Anthony Beauvillier to the press box on Saturday night, though it was hardly a reflection of how the 20-year-old has played this season. Beauvillier even took line drills during warmups on Saturday night, before Weight opted for Jason Chimera's speed, size and experience.
On defense, Weight said earlier this week that he's looked for an opportunity to get Ryan Pulock and/or Dennis Seidenberg into game action. While a back-to-back set could be the spot to get Pulock into his first game and/or Seidenberg into his second, Weight has also said he likes his current D pairs.
The Islanders have alternated goalies in their first five games this season and if that formula holds true, Jaroslav Halak would be in line for his third start of the season.
Weight will address the media at 11:40 a.m. pacific time (2:40 p.m. eastern). Check back then for the latest lineup news.
ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:
|LEFT WING ||CENTER ||RIGHT WING |
|ANDERS LEE ||JOHN TAVARES ||JORDAN EBERLE |
|ANDREW LADD ||MATHEW BARZAL ||JOSH BAILEY |
|JASON CHIMERA ||BROCK NELSON ||JOSH HO-SANG |
|NIKOLAY KULEMIN ||CASEY CIZIKAS ||CAL CLUTTERBUCK |
|NICK LEDDY ||JOHNNY BOYCHUK |
|CALVIN DE HAAN ||ADAM PELECH |
|THOMAS HICKEY ||SCOTT MAYFIELD |
BY THE NUMBERS:
3-8-0 - record at Staples Center. LA has been a tough stop for the Islanders since it opened in 1999.
3 - goals for Brock Nelson on the Islanders current road trip. Accord to Eric Hornick, no Islander has ever scored in all three stops on a California trip.
4 - games the Islanders have allowed the first goal. The Islanders have allowed the opening goal in four of their five games this season.
499 - career points for Andrew Ladd. The Islanders winger is one point shy of 500. He has two points (1G, 1A) to start the season.
The Kings have yet to lose in regulation this season and are 3-0-1 in their first four game.
Like the Islanders. the Kings are playing the second half to a back-to-back set on Sunday, as LA beat Buffalo 4-2 on Saturday night. The Kings power play was the driving force behind Saturday's win, going 3-for-3 with the man advantage, so the Islanders will have to stay out of the box on Sunday.
Dustin Brown leads the Kings with four goals and is tied with Anze Kopitar for the team lead in points (six).
LA activated Alec Martinez on Saturday, but sent forward Kyle Clifford to injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 11.
Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider projects Darcy Kuemper to start in goal for the Kings and ice the same lineup from Saturday.
KINGS PROJECTED LINES:
|LEFT WING ||CENTER ||RIGHT WING |
|ALEX IAFALLO ||ANZE KOPITAR ||DUSTIN BROWN |
|TANNER PEARSON ||JEFF CARTER ||TYLER TOFFOLI |
|ANDY ANDREOFF ||NICK SHORE ||TREVOR LEWIS |
|JOHNNY BRODZINSKI ||ADRIAN KEMPE ||NIC DOWD |
|DEREK FORBORT ||DREW DOUGHTY |
|ALEC MARTINEZ ||JAKE MUZZIN |
|OSCAR FANTENBERG ||CHRISTIAN FOLIN |