LOS ANGELES — The New York Islanders (34-26-8) kick off their California road trip with a Tuesday night showdown against the Los Angeles Kings (38-20-9). Puck drop is slated for 10:30 PM ET at Crypto.Com Arena.
The Islanders have won three of their last four games and hold down the second wild-card spot with a three-point lead over the Florida Panthers, who own one game in hand.
The Kings have been surging, winners of five of their last six games, the one loss coming in a shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Everyone was on the ice at morning skate, except Ryan Pulock, who took his option. He was doing off-ice drills instead.
Ilya Sorokin was in the starter’s crease, and was the first goaltender off the ice as he will get the nod against the Kings. The 27-year-old is 4-1-1 over his last six starts, with a 1.82 GAA with a .935 SV%.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who missed Monday’s practice, was on the ice and did come off with the regulars. He is a game-time decision but is expected to return after a 12-game absence.
— Stefen Rosner (@stefen_rosner) March 14, 2023
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Anders Lee-Bo Horvat-Josh Bailey
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Pierre Engvall-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech-Scott Mayfield
Alexander Romanov-Ryan Pulock
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
LOS ANGELES KINGS LINES (PROJECTED)
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Carl Grundstrom-Rasmus Kupari-Zack MacEwen
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Vladislav Gavrikov-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker
Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the Los Angeles Kings in the second and final matchup between the two clubs this season, and the Islanders’ first visit to Crypto.com Arena since February 26, 2022.
They will look to earn their first road win against Los Angeles since October 18, 2018. Tonight’s game begins the Islanders’ three-game West Coast road trip and 13th back-to-back series of the season.
The Islanders have points in six of their last seven road games (4-1-2), and can improve to 8-5-0 in the front-end of back- to-back games tonight. They have earned points in five of their six games since they last met the Kings at UBS Arena on February 24, earning a 4-1-1 record in that span.
FANDUEL BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Los Angeles Kings? You can get the Islanders at +116 & -122 on the reverse puck line. The Kings come in at -140 & +180 on the puck line.
The over for the contest is 5.5 at -122, with the under at +100.
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HOW TO WATCH
Tuesday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.