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Martinez out for Los Angeles after wrist surgery; Varlamov to start for New York

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (16-4-2) at KINGS (9-13-2)

10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The New York Islanders will try to bounce back following the end of the longest point streak in their history when they visit the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday. 

A 3-0 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Monday ended the Islanders' 17-game point streak (15-0-2), their longest since joining the NHL in 1972. It was New York's first defeat in regulation since a 5-2 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 11.

The Kings will play their first game without defenseman Alec Martinez, who had surgery to repair a radial artery and two superficial radial nerves in his right wrist after he was cut by the skate blade of San Jose Sharks forward Melker Karlsson during a 4-3 overtime loss Monday. He will be evaluated weekly and is expected to make a full recovery.

Los Angeles is 1-2-1 in its past four games following a three-game winning streak.


Players to watch

Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov, who will start, is 7-0-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and one shutout in his past nine starts.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has scored a goal in three straight games and has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. 


They said it

"That wasn't a good showing at all [against Anaheim], and we have to hit the reset button and come back and fix this trip a little bit." -- Islanders captain Anders Lee

"I think you can feel it as you're gaining it. I think you all get on board. There's an excitement, there's an energy that kind of arrives on the bench and everybody wants to keep it going. I don't know if the same signal hits everybody at the same time if you're losing it." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on momentum 


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey  

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Michael Dal Colle -- Leo Komarov -- Jordan Eberle  

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk   

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Otto Koivula, Ross Johnston

Injured: Nick Leddy (undisclosed), Tom Kuhnhackl (upper body) 


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown  

Trevor Lewis -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli   

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff   

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Kurtis MacDermid

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Ilya Kovalchuk, Nikolai Prokhorkin

Injured: Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Leddy will be a game-time decision after not practicing the past two days. The defenseman aggravated a previous injury against the Ducks, coach Barry Trotz said. … Lewis could return after missing eight games because of a lower-body injury. … Martinez was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. … Forbort will begin a conditioning assignment in the AHL this week.  


Stat pack

New York has outscored opponents 57-42 in their past 18 games. … Nelson (four goals, five assists) and Brassard (one goal, eight assists) each has nine points in his past seven games. … Carter has 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 49 games against the Islanders.

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