ISLANDERS (7-5-0) at KINGS (7-4-2)
7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
ISLAND LIFE: Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the New York Islanders this season, the Kings will be in Uniondale, New York on March 26 to finish the season series, playing in what will be Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s fifth-to-final time hosting an Islanders regular season home game. The Islanders are coming off of a 3-2 win in OT Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks. John Tavares scored two goals for the Islanders, including the OT winner. He is tied with Kyle Okposo for the team lead in points with 14.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Kings play their first home game at STAPLES Center since October 26 when they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. The Kings have won six straight games on home ice, and have an overall record of 6-1-0 at STAPLES Center this season, their only loss coming in the regular season opener against the San Jose Sharks on October 8. During their six-game home win streak, the Kings have outscored opponents 19-5, including overtime. Can the Kings extend their home winning streak tonight to seven games?
WESTSIDE RIDE: The Islanders are amidst a five-game road trip through Colorado, California, and Arizona. They lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Saturday night, but beat the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night 3-2 in OT. The Islanders are 4-3-0 in seven games away from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this season. The Islanders have lost all four of their previous visits to STAPLES Center, dating back to October 10, 2006.
WILLIAMS OUT: Justin Williams, who suffered an eye injury with just over three minutes left to play in the Kings’ 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars Tuesday night, will be out for tonight’s game against the Islanders. Williams, who caught the stick of Dallas’ Brenden Dillon, suffered a laceration and slight impact to his upper right eye. Williams required two stitches for the cut, and some time for the blood and swelling in his eye to ease up. Williams will likely be ready to go for Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
JORDAN’S RETURN: Jordan Nolan will return to the lineup tonight after serving a two game suspension for his boarding hit on Detroit’s Darren Helm Friday night. Nolan skated on the Kings’ first unit this morning, and is expected to play right wing alongside Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. Andy Andreoff will likely be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the two games against the Islanders last season, the Kings went 2-0-0, outscoring New York 6-2. The Kings won 3-2 on November of last season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where Tanner Pearson registered his first career NHL goal. Three weeks later, on December 7, the Kings shutout the Islanders in a 3-0 win; Martin Jones stopped all 16 shots he faced.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 7:00PM PT on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed by the live broadcast with Bob and Jim on the call on scene at STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30PM PT.