ISLANDERS (6-8-4) at KINGS (10-9-1)
10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV
Islanders team scope
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck, who left a 3-2 shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period on Tuesday with an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision. The win was the first on the road this season in six games for the Islanders (1-4-1). "We needed the point so badly," defenseman Thomas Hickey said after the game. "We need to two points tomorrow too. It started with tonight. That was a big step. That's a good hockey team on the road, and hopefully we can string something together." Nick Leddy scored in the 14th round of the shootout, the longest in franchise history. "This was obviously a huge game for us, especially starting off the road trip here in the west coast," defenseman Adam Pelech said after the game. "I know we all are pretty excited about that win." Pelech scored his first NHL goal and Josh Bailey scored on the power play. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak will start.
Kings team scope
Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar will return to the lineup after missing the past five games with an upper-body injury. Kopitar participated in full at practice on Tuesday and took line rushes at the morning skate on Wednesday. Although Kopitar only has two goals this season, he plays a bigger role on the ice than that of a scorer. "He's one of the best players in the world, so he does things that only a small percentage of players can do," forward Nic Dowd said. "It's fun to watch but he's also a leader by example. He goes out there and he plays hard every game, he's blocking shots, he's winning big-time faceoffs, killing penalties and playing a lot of minutes." In Kopitar's absence, Jeff Carter has stepped up with four goals and two assists in the past three games. "[Kopitar] is a quieter guy, but he doesn't need to say a whole lot," Dowd said. "Him and Carter are definitely lugging the mail."
Islanders projected lineup
Josh Bailey -- John Tavares -- Anthony Beauvillier
Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome
Anders Lee -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera
Andrew Ladd -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech
Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Scott Mayfield, Shane Prince
Injured: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion), Ryan Pulock (lower body), Dennis Seidenberg (upper body)
Kings projected lineup
Dwight King -- Anze Kopitar -- Trevor Lewis
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown -- Nic Dowd -- Devin Setoguchi
Kyle Clifford -- Nick Shore -- Teddy Purcell
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel -- Matt Greene
Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Tom Gilbert
Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Andy Andreoff (thumb), Brayden McNabb (collarbone), Marian Gaborik (broken foot)
Kopitar skated with King and Lewis at the morning skate and the line of Pearson, Carter and Toffoli remained together. The successful second line that helped the Kings in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs has combined for seven goals in the past five games. … Gaborik said he's aiming for a return on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks but Kings coach Darryl Sutter would not confirm.
Dowd has three assists in four games. … Martinez has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). … Toffoli has a goal and three assists in three games. … Setoguchi has a goal and two assists in four games. … Tavares has one goal and seven assists in the past 10 games. … Nelson has two goals in four games. … Bailey has a goal and two assists in four games.