Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 53 @ NY Islanders, February 11, 2016, 4pm PST
Two nights after putting up their biggest offensive explosion of the year, the Los Angeles Kings head to Brooklyn to make their first-ever visit to the Barclays Center to take on the 28-18-6 New York Islanders on Thursday. This will be the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season.
When the Kings and Isles met at STAPLES Center on Nov. 12, it was the home team who prevailed, 2-1. Milan Lucic scored the game-winner on Nov. 12 while Brock Nelson tallied the lone goal for the Isles. Jhonas Enroth was solid in net that night, stopping 31 Islander shots while the Kings remain the only team that John Tavares has not scored against in his career. It should go without saying that the Kings hope to continue that on Thursday. It won’t be easy, though, as Tavares enters Thursday riding a three-game point streak and points in seven of his last nine.
The Isles are coming off a Tuesday night shootout win in Columbus where Jaroslav Halak played. With that said, expect Tomas Greiss to get the call in goal on Thursday. Either way, the Kings will have their hands full as the Islanders are an impressive 17-8-3 on home ice this season.
For the Kings, they are coming off an astonishing 9-2 win in Boston where nine different players scored goals — and 15 notched points — in the blowout. On Wednesday, however, it was announced that veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was placed on waivers. With that move in place, the Kings called up Kevin Gravel from Ontario. Whether he will play on Thursday or not remains to be seen.
The Kings look to start 2-0-0 on their current road trip while the Islanders are looking to climb the Metropolitan standings.
It should be a good one.
Enjoy the game!