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Game Preview: Islanders at Kings

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders
ISLANDERS (7-5-0) at KINGS (7-4-2)

TV: MSG+, FS-W

Season series: This is the first of two games between the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings; they will face each other again March 26 at Nassau Coliseum. Los Angeles swept the two-game set last season, outscoring the Islanders 6-2.

Islanders team scope: After losing the first two games of their five-game road trip, the Islanders bounced back with a 3-2 overtime win Wednesday at the Anaheim Ducks. New York allowed a 2-0 lead to slip away, but John Tavares' second goal of the game came via the power play in the extra period to give the Islanders a much-needed victory. "Everybody talks about we've got to play a full 60 minutes; I don't know a team that's played a full 60," coach Jack Capuano told MSG Network. "But our guys battled through it. We had some guys that obviously had some off nights, there's no question about it. We're going to have to be better [Thursday]."

Kings team scope: Right wing Justin Williams has played in every game since the start of the 2011-12 season, a span of 225 games, but that streak may be in jeopardy. Williams was the recipient of a high stick Tuesday from Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon and required stitches near his right eye. Kings coach Darryl Sutter said Williams is day-to-day. "I think so, yeah … [I'll] probably [sit] tomorrow out, yeah, and then we'll just see how it goes," Williams told LA Kings Insider on Wednesday. "I'm still blurry right now, but that'll subside in a few days. I mean, initially it's pretty scary when you get hit. It's kind of like getting poked in the eye. You can't see anything for a little bit. It scares you, and then the doctor tells you you're going to be fine, and you're OK." After winning 3-1 at Dallas, the Kings will play their next two at home; they'll host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.


New York Islanders
7-5-0 (12 points – T-2nd in Metropolitan Division, T-6th in Eastern Conference)
4-3-0 road
Los Angeles Kings
7-4-2 (16 points - T-4th in Pacific Division, 1st in Western Conference)
6-1-0 home
10:30  p.m.
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

Television:
MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
Islanders News:
- Islanders 3, Ducks 2 (OT) (Nov. 5)
- The Skinny (Nov. 5)
- MSG Post-Game Reaction (Nov. 5)
- Islanders Plays of October (Nov. 5)

Islanders player to watch
Kyle Okposo - Forward

Kyle Okposo scored a goal and an assist Wednesday night in Anaheim, continuing his hot start to the season. The Islanders winger has points in 10 of the Islanders first 12 games, including goals in two straight contests. Okposo (5G, 9A) is tied with linemate John Tavares (6G, 8A) for the team scoring lead with 14 points. Okposo recently appeared in his 400th NHL game, all with the Islanders.
Kings player to watch
Tyler Toffoli - Forward

Tyler Toffoli has carried his offensive breakout from last year’s playoffs into this season, leading the Kings with 14 points (6G, 8A). Toffoli is halfway to his career highs in goals (12) and points (29) in a quarter of the games played.  The Scarborough, ON, native is currently tied for ninth in league scoring, but is tied for the league lead in plus/minus with a plus-11 rating.

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
86 Nikolay Kulemin 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen84 Mikhail Grabovski
89 Cory Conacher
– 29 Brock Nelson 15 Cal Clutterbuck
36 Eric Boulton 18 Ryan Strome 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
2 Nick Leddy
55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey
11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson
Los Angeles Kings previous game lines
Forwards
12 Marian Gaborik - 11 Anze Kopitar - 23 Dustin Brown
70 Tanner Pearson - 77 Jeff Carter - 73 Tyler Toffoli
74 Dwight King - 28 Jarret Stoll - 22 Trevor Lewis
13 Kyle Clifford - 10 Mike Richards - 15 Andy Andreoff

Defensemen
6 Jake Muzzin - 8 Drew Doughty
27 Alec Martinez - 44 Robyn Regehr
3 Brayden McNabb - 2 Matt Greene

Goaltenders
32 Jonathan Quick
31 Martin Jones


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