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New York Islanders vs. Los Angeles Kings - game preview

by Jesse D. Eisenberg / New York Islanders
Team Record: 22-23-8

Last Game: 4-2 L vs MTL
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 1
Team Record: 26-19-10
Last Game: 3-1 L @ FLA
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 1
Matt Moulson
Just eight players in the NHL have more goals this season than Moulson, who’s 24 tallies lead the Islanders. Moulson spent his first three professional seasons in the Kings organization, including his first 29 career NHL games.

Since joining the Islanders as a free agent prior to the 2009-10 season, Moulson has been the model of consistency; he has not missed a game in his Islanders career (217 straight games) and is six goals shy of his third consecutive 30-goal season; no Islander since Ziggy Palffy has accomplished that feat. The North York, ON, native has three goals in four career games against his former NHL team.
Anze Kopitar
Already in his sixth full NHL season with the Kings, the 24-year-old Kopitar leads Los Angeles in scoring with 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games. He carries a three-game point streak into today’s contest, with two goals and one assist during that stretch.

The first round (11th overall) pick in 2005 also leads all Kings forwards in icetime (21:48) and power play goals (7). He’s posted at least 20 goals and 60 points every year since he was an 18-year-old rookie.
Tonight’s Matchup: The Islanders continue their three-game, four-day homestand today with their only meeting of the season against the LA Kings. The clubs met twice last season, with each team earning a home win. LA is playing the fifth game of a six game, 12-day road trip.

Moulson vs. Quick: Brothers-in-law Matt Moulson and Jonathan Quick face off for fifth time today. Moulson notched two-goals in their last meeting en route to a 3-0 Islanders win. The Isles leading goal scorer has three career tallies against Quick.

Laying Out: The Islanders lead the NHL with 922 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald owns 123 of those, good for ninth in the NHL, while Travis Hamonic’s 115 blocked shots ranks tied for 14th in the league.
Al Montoya posted a 35-save shutout in his first start as an Islander, as the team beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Feb. 19, 2011. Frans Nielsen scored the short-handed game-winner at 5:01 of the first period and Matt Moulson scored two goals on brother-in-law Jonathan Quick to propel the Islanders to the win.

Click the photo for gallery from last game.
Date of
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 17 10 weeks
Hamonic 2/4 Broken Nose 2 2 weeks
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 52 out indef. (IR)
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 18 No timetbl. (IR)
Reasoner 1/6 Broken hand 15 No timetbl. (IR)
Reese 2/7 MCL Sprain 1 4-6 weeks
Power play: 19.8%
Penalty kill: 84.5%
Home record: 11-12-5
Road record: 11-11-3
Goals For: 128
Goals Against: 135
Power play: 15.5%
Penalty kill: 87.3%
Home record: 15-11-4
Road record: 11-8-6
Goals For: 154
Goals Against: 120

Answer from Thursday's question: The Islanders have played back-to-back shootouts in their last two games. What is the record for most consecutive games with a shootout? ? The answer is: 3. The Islanders played three straight shootouts in 2009-10 against Columbus (12/29) Ottawa (12/31) and Atlanta (1/2). The Isles won two of the three.
Friday, Capuano told the media that Kyle Okposo and PA Parenteau could be switched to start the game. He also said that there would definitely be changes with the pairings on defense. Check back after media availabilty for the lines and starting goaltender.

Kings (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams; Dustin Penner-Mike Richards-Dwight King; Kyle Clifford-Andrei Loktionov-Trevor Lewis; Brad Richardson-Colin Fraser-Trent Hunter

Rob Scuderi-Drew Doughty; Willie Mitchell-Jack Johnson; Alec Martinez-Matt Greene

Goaltenders: Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier

Head coach Jack Capuano on the team's recent scoring struggles: “I thought the Wallace line had some chances and the Josh (Bailey), Matty (Martin) and Rhett (Rakhshani) line had chances as well. We had 21 chances in the game, but it took us the whole game to score a goal.”

Cory Wright contributed to this story

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