GAME: Los Angeles Kings (22-16-13-7) at New York Islanders (27-21-7-2).
TIME: Monday, Noon EST.
The New York Islanders can make a significant move in the Eastern Conference
playoff race over the next two weeks, provided they continue to be dominant at
The Islanders will try to move into seventh place in the conference when
they host the Los Angeles Kings in a Presidents' Day matinee.
With 19 wins at home, New York is tied with Ottawa for the second-most in
the NHL, one behind Detroit. The Islanders are beginning a stretch of six of
eight games at Nassau Coliseum, where they have lost just twice in their last
15 games (12-2-1).
In their last game at home, the Islanders scored four goals in the final
3:51 to stun Vancouver 5-4 in overtime.
The Islanders, who trail seventh-place Montreal by one point in the East,
will look to pick up where they left off following the conclusion of a
successful road trip.
New York finished its trip 1-1-2 with a 5-2 win in Phoenix on Friday. The
Islanders spotted the Coyotes a 2-0 lead before rallying and earning at least
one point for the 12th time in the last 14 games (7-2-4-1).
"I think the guys realized that losing this game would have made this road
trip a lot less productive," said goaltender Rick DiPietro, who has lost just
once in his last nine starts (6-1-2) with a 1.84 goals-against average and .938
save percentage (257-for-274).
Trent Hunter continued his stellar rookie season by scoring his 21st and
22nd goals. The Islanders are 13-1-3 when Hunter scores.
The Kings, who are tied for sixth place in the Western Conference with
Dallas, are winless in three (0-1-0-2) following a seven-game unbeaten streak.
Los Angeles blew a two-goal lead Sunday before falling 3-2 in overtime to
Recently recalled center Pavel Rosa, playing his first game this season,
scored his first NHL goal in five years and defenseman Tomas Zizka, playing in
only his eighth game of the season, scored during a power play for his first
The Kings have lost 469 man-games to injury. Some of the most notable
injuries have been to Adam Deadmarsh (post-concussion symptoms) and Jason
Allison (whiplash), who have missed the entire season, as well as losing Ziggy
Palffy for the season three weeks ago to a dislocated shoulder.
Martin Straka is out with a sprained right knee.