The LA Kings are back in action Saturday as they take on the New York Islanders on the back end of a back-to-back in Southern California.
With the Kings earning the two points last night in Anaheim, they hope to earn another two as their opponent in the Islanders has had a struggling season after back-to-back Eastern Conference Final appearances.
With Jonathan Quick getting the start last night, expect Cal Petersen to get the nod tonight. He’s got a 13-7-1 record to go with a .898 save percentage and -2.53 goals saved above expected (GSAx) this season. Petersen’s only other start against the Islanders came earlier in the season, where the Kings won 3-2.
For the Islanders, you can expect Ilya Sorokin to tend the twine. Despite his team’s poor season, he has been a bright spot in Elmont, with an 11-7-4 record to go with a .920 save percentage and 6.26 GSAx. He won’t be easy to beat for the Kings.
The Islanders are 4-4-2 through their last 10 games played.
Tale of the Tape
LAK: 17.1% (24th)
NYI: 18.2% (22nd)
LAK: 75.5% (28th)
NYI: 81.4% (11th)
LAK: 53.0% (6th)
NYI: 51.9% (8th)
Goals per game:
LAK: 2.92 (17th)
NYI: 2.51 (29th)
Goals against per game:
LAK: 2.73 (8th)
NYI: 2.70 (5th)
LAK: Anze Kopitar – 15 goals, 49 points
NYI: Mathew Barzal – 12 goals, 36 points
Despite being on the second of a back-to-back, the Kings are slightly favored tonight against the visiting Islanders. Odds via The Action Network:
Over 5.5: +100
Under 5.5: -120
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET
TV: BSW, MSG+
Based on last night’s win, I don’t expect the Kings to change anything to their lineup:
As for the Islanders, here is how they lined up in their last matchup: