Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 30 vs. NY Islanders
December 7, 2013
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
After a four-day layoff, the Los Angeles Kings are back to work as they host the New York Islanders on Saturday night in what will be the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season.
The Kings and Islanders first met on November 14 in Long Island where the end result showed how much character and resiliency the silver-and-black really had. On said evening, it was learned earlier in the day that Jonathan Quick was to be sidelined for a significant amount of time. With that, Ben Scrivens took over as interim starter and from the way the game started, it appeared as if the Kings were going to prepare for a long few weeks.
Within the first five minutes of the second period, the hometown Isles scored twice and seemed to take control of the game. But in the third, the Kings persevered scoring three times to win the game, tying it on Tanner Pearson’s first-career goal and won by Tyler Toffoli. 22 days later, the Kings hope for a similar result as they are determined to sweep this season series.
Entering Saturday night, the 8-16-5 Islanders are saddled with a league-worst 3-10-0 road record. While the Kings do hope to take advantage of said futility, they know they will need to duplicate their performances from their last two games should they hope to come out victorious.
In terms of success, both teams sit at opposite sides of the spectrum. While the Isles have just one win in their last 10, the Kings are not only 6-1-3 in their last 10 but have earned points in 14 of their last 16 contests. On paper, it’s a mismatch. But, like any hockey fan knows, nothing is won on paper. With that said, the Kings have opened the month of December against two of the league’s best teams (on back-to-back nights, mind you) and won both with a bit of offense, potent defense and timely goaltending.
En route to Monday night’s win versus St. Louis, Tyler Toffoli registered his second multi-goal game of the season while Ben Scrivens made 25 saves. On Tuesday in Anaheim, Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown as the Kings fought tooth-and-nail with the Ducks before winning a nine-round shootout backed by rookie goaltender Martin Jones who was making his NHL debut. Fans of the silver-and-black hope there isn’t any rust from the layoff come Saturday night.
As for the Islanders, they are coming off a 5-1 loss in St. Louis on Thursday night but can rely on John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen to score some goals – so the Kings need to prepare.
It should be an exciting night of hockey at the Staples Center as Los Angeles hopes to start December off with three-straight wins. Let’s see if they can do that.
Enjoy the game!