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Los Angeles 1-6-1 in past eight; New York looks to extend point streak to five games

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

KINGS (19-30-5) at ISLANDERS (30-15-6)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their point streak to five games when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center on Thursday.

New York, which holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, is 2-0-2 in its past four games. It's the Islanders' longest point streak since their 17-game run (15-0-2) from Oct. 12 to Nov. 23.

The Islanders haven't lost in regulation in the regular season at Barclays Center since Jan. 12, 2019, a span of 13 games (10-0-3).

Los Angeles, which is last in the West with 43 points, is playing the second of a four-game road trip. The Kings, who won 4-1 against the Islanders at Staples Center on Nov. 27, are 1-6-1 in their past eight games.

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past four games.

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier has three goals and one assist during a three-game point streak. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

 

They said it

"I feel we're building the right way; you can see it in most of our games. We're focusing on the whole process. [In the] defensive zone, we're working on all the principles that coach has instilled in us, so we've got to get going and we'll be fine as we learn along the way." -- Kings forward Alex Iafallo

"Our mentality since we've come back from the (All-Star) break is just one day at a time, take it day by day and allow us to control what we can. Our schedule's our schedule; there's always going to be something that's down the road that seems exciting and all that stuff, but you've got to take care of the present moment for sure." -- Islanders captain Anders Lee

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Cal Petersen

Scratched: Trevor Moore, Joakim Ryan, Derek Forbort

Injured: None

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Kieffer Bellows -- Derick Brassard -- Michael Dal Colle

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov

Nick Leddy -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Sebastian Aho

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist), Adam Pelech (Achilles)

 

Status report

Petersen was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League after goalie Jack Campbell was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Moore, a forward who was acquired by the Kings in that trade, will not play. … The Islanders recalled Aho, a defenseman, from Bridgeport of the AHL on Thursday.

 

Stat pack

Kopitar has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past six games. … The Islanders have outscored the Kings 17-9 in four straight home wins, three of which were played at Barclays Center. … New York is 8-6-3 against the West this season. … Eberle has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … Toews will play his 100th NHL game.

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