The Los Angeles Kings (19-30-5) will head East to take on the New York Islanders (30-15-6). Their matchup is slated for Thursday at 7:00 PM. It’ll be a special night at the Barclays Center, with it being the home team’s annual Pride Night. The action on the ice will also be interesting. These teams are having very different seasons, with the Kings being at the bottom of their conference with only 43 points, while the Islanders are sixth in the East, with 66 points on the season. This is the second of two meetups of the 2019-2020 season for these two teams, with their last match being on November 27th of last year. In the previous game, the Kings scored four unanswered goals to win 4-1 over the Islanders at the Staples Center.
Kings Hope for Road WinThe Kings have dropped seven of their last eight games, which is the latest in a season-long trend of losing streaks this season. It’s only by the clumsy grace of the Red Wings having an even worse season that LA doesn’t find themselves at the bottom of the league. Not being at the bottom of the league doesn’t mean that they’re not at the bottom of both the Pacific Division as well as the Western Conference as a whole, though. Which makes their loss against the number one Washington Capitals make a bit more sense. In fact, one could say they put up a decent battle against such a powerful foe, coming away with a 4-2 loss. And even then, it doesn’t exactly feel like the Kings lost to the Capitals, as much as the Kings lost to Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin accounted for three of Washington’s four goals. The Kings had a similar situation, actually. They only had one goal scorer on their roster for this game. Jeff Carter had both of LA’s points in Tuesday’s loss, with the other Kings players on the score sheet only getting assists. Jonathan Quick was in net for LA, and he finished the night with a .870 save percentage, stopping 20 of 23 total shots.
Isles Look to Close Homestand With a Victory
The Islanders are in a tricky position. Currently seventh in the league, they’re a single point from tying with the Blue Jackets to take sixth place. However, just one point behind them are three other teams that would like to do the same to them. A victory over the Kings would also put them in the third slot in the Metro Division, and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Needless to say, this will be a big game for the Islanders. Luckily for them, they’re coming into the game with a victory at their backs. It took nearly three minutes of extra time, but they were able to defeat the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night with a 4-3 overtime victory. The Stars, who are one of the best teams in the West, certainly make the upcoming game seem like an easy battle in comparison. The Islanders went into the third period of their game against Dallas down a point, and it wouldn’t be until the last four minutes of the game that they would be able to even things up to force overtime. The game-tying goal came on the powerplay, scored by Mathew Barzel, who leads the team in points. The other two goal scorers were Derick Brassard in the second, and Anthony Beauvillier in the first. Beauviller also scored the overtime winner. In net for the Islanders was Semyon Varlamov, who stopped 28 of 31 shots.
- The Islanders are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games when playing Los Angeles.
- The Islanders are 10-3-1 when being outshot by their opponent at home.
- The Kings are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games on the road.
- The Kings are 1-13-0 when their opponent scores first on the road.