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Game Day Watch, 11/23: New York Islanders @ Los Angeles Kings

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NHL: New York Islanders at Los Angeles Kings Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

HOW TO WATCH

Game Time: 7:30 PM Pacific
TV: Fox Sports West, MSG+
Radio: KABC AM 790
Stream: Fox Sports Go (requires cable subscription)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

if you’re a Kings fan: We’ve written not once, but twice, about the Brown-Dowd-Setoguchi line this week. We know Jeff Carter will show up, but with Anze Kopitar likely still out of the lineup and some rest for tired legs, the de facto second line needs a strong showing.

if you’re an Islanders fan: New York finally got a win in November! (They beat Vancouver, but that doesn’t really count, does it?) Thomas Greiss was excellent, stopping 39 of 41, so it’ll be interesting to see if they stick with the hot hand in a back-to-back or stick with Jaroslav Halak.

if you’re a hockey fan: The Kings and Islanders were the top two teams in the NHL last season... in hits. So come on in and watch a whole bunch of body-checking!

PLAYERS TO WATCH

for the Kings: Dustin Brown. He hits a lot, leading the Kings with 51 hits through 20 games. He’s also pointless in his last three games, despite some decent work at both ends.

for the Islanders: Casey Cizikas. Cal Clutterbuck ranks third in the league with 68 hits, but he took a shot to the head last night and may not play tonight. So it’s up to Cizikas, who’s second on the team in hits. He’s pointless in six games.

LEAGUEWIDE WATCH

  • Tonight’s opponent got a huge break in Anaheim yesterday, as a Thomas Hickey shootout goal was not waved off for goaltender interference. However, it was Thomas Hickey and it was against the Ducks, so I believe it should have counted regardless. [SB Nation]
  • Speaking of the Islanders: their SB Nation blog has nominated JF Berube, who has been languishing on their bench as the third-string goaltender, to be this year’s John Scott All-Star. We’re all for the Manchester Monarchs legend getting the nod. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Vegas hockey is a go! [JftC]

WATCH THIS

Here’s the mostly-botched Vegas Golden Knights unveiling, in all its glory (via Puck Daily):