EAST MEADOW, NY — The New York Islanders (30-24-7) are riding a modest two-game win streak into Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings (32-19-8). Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET at UBS Arena.
The Islanders currently sit in the top wild-card spot, with a three-point lead over the second wild-card seed Detroit Red Wings, but have played four more games. They have played with more desperation as of late, despite being without Mathew Barzal or Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
The Kings, who sit in third place in the Pacific Division, fell 4-3 to the New Jersey Devils in overtime on Thursday night, with Pheonix Copley in net.
That means the struggling Jonathan Quick faces the Islanders.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (IR) was not present for the skate. Josh Bailey (day-to-day) was on the ice but did not take part in line rushes. He, along with Parker Wotherspoon, served as extras.
Lambert shared that it’s too early to tell if Bailey will travel when the Islanders face the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild this Sunday and Tuesday.
Ilya Sorokin was in the starter’s crease and was the first goaltender off, as he will make his 45th appearance of the season. Over his last three games, three wins, he owns a .940 SV% with a 2.33 GAA.
The Islanders to power-play unit stayed the same, with Kyle Palmieri in Barzal’s spot on the left wall.
Otto Koivula, who struggled Wednesday night in the 2-1 win over the Jets, remained on the second power-play unit.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Anders Lee-Bo Horvat-Matt Martin
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Hudson Fasching-Casey Cizikas-Arnaud Durandeau
Ross Johnston-Otto Koivula-Simon Holmstrom
Adam Pelech-Scott Mayfield
Alexander Romanov-Ryan Pulock
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
LOS ANGELES KINGS LINES (PROJECTED)
Tonight's @LAKings Line Rushes –
Byfield – Kopitar – Kempe
Fiala – Danault – Arvidsson
Iafallo – Lizotte – Vilardi
Anderson-Dolan – Kupari – Kaliyev
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Bjornfot – Walker
*Trevor Moore won't play tonight (upper-body injury)
— Zach Dooley (@DooleyLAK) February 23, 2023
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Los Angeles Kings in the first of two matchups between the clubs this season, and the Kings’ first visit to UBS Arena since January 27, 2022.
The Islanders enter tonight’s game with a 5-1-1 record in their last seven home games, including points in four straight games at UBS Arena and seven of their nine contests this month.
Tonight, the Islanders will look to earn their first win against Los Angeles since February 6, 2020.
They have a 5-1-0 record at home against Pacific Division foes so far this season.
DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Los Angeles Kings? You can get the Islanders at -130 & +195 on the puck line. The Kings come in at +110 & -230 on the reverse puck line.
The over for the contest is 6 at +100, with the under at -120.
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HOW TO WATCH
Friday’s contest will be available on MSGN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.