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Islanders at Kings preview

Kuemper likely in goal for Los Angeles; New York seeks turnaround on power play

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (2-2-1) at KINGS (3-0-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-W, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Goalie Darcy Kuemper will likely make his season debut for the Los Angeles Kings when they host the New York Islanders at Staples Center on Sunday.

Kuemper, 27, signed a one-year, $650,000 contract on July 1 to back up Jonathan Quick. He was 41-34-14 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in five seasons for the Minnesota Wild. 

Jaroslav Halak will start for the Islanders after Thomas Greiss made 40 saves in a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

The Kings and Islanders are each looking to sweep their first set of back-to-back games after winning on Saturday. Los Angeles defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.


Players to watch

Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang has three assists in his past two games. Ho-Sang leads New York with four assists and is tied for second among all NHL rookies.

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez made his season debut against the Sabres. He had an assist on Drew Doughty's game-winning goal and blocked two shots in 23:28 of ice time.


They said it

"Nelly's taken a little step in these last couple of games. We want that consistency to keep going. He's a big piece of our team." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight, on forward Brock Nelson, who has four points in his past three games

"I would put him right up there with Wayne Simmonds in terms of effectiveness around the net. He's one of the better guys in the league, not just being there but being really effective getting sticks on pucks." - Kings coach John Stevens, on Islanders forward Anders Lee, who has two goals in his past three games


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Jason Chimera -- Mathew Barzal -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

Injured: Shane Prince (ankle), Alan Quine (upper body)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Nic Dowd -- Jonny Brodzinski

Andy Andreoff -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Christian Folin -- Oscar Fantenberg

Darcy Kuemper

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Michael Cammalleri, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Kyle Clifford (upper body), Marian Gaborik (knee)


Status report

Neither team is expected to make any changes to their lineup other than in goal.


Stat pack

The Islanders are 0-for-18 on the power play; the five games without a power-play goal is the third-longest to start the season in history; The Kings are 17-for-18 on the penalty kill, second-best in the NHL (94.4 percent). 

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