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Preview, Game Day #53: Los Angeles Kings @ New York Islanders

The Post-Ehrhoff Era begins in New York.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ New York Islanders

Time: 4:00 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, MSG+, SportsNet

Enemy Reading: Lighthouse Hockey

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic-Kopitar-Brown
King-Carter-Toffoli
Gaborik-Lecavalier-Lewis
Clifford-Andreoff-Nolan

Muzzin-Doughty
Martinez-Schenn
Gravel-McNabb

Enroth
(Budaj)

Injured: Quick, Greene Scratched: Shore, Pearson, Gravel

New York Islanders

Grabovski-Tavares-Strome
Kulemin-Nielsen-Okposo
Lee-Nelson-Bailey
Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Hamonic-de Haan
Leddy-Boychuk
Strait-Hickey

Greiss
(Halak)

Injured: Boulton, Pelech

Scratched: Berube, Bernier, Zidlicky

Injured: Kelly, McQuaid Scratched: Miller

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Islanders
Record 32-17-3 28-18-6
Points 67
62
Division Rank 1st 3rd
Streak Won 1
Won 2
Goals For/Game 2.77 2.79
Goals Against/Game 2.29
2.48
ES Goal % 51.9
51.9
ES Shot %
54.4 50.5
ES PDO 99.0
100.0
ES Corsi % 56.2 51.1
ES Fenwick % 55.8 50.9
ES Scoring Chance % 55.2 50.3
ES High-Danger SC % 53.9 49.5
Power Play % (Rank) 23.4 (3rd)
19.2 (12th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.4 (9th)
86.8 (2nd)
Starting Goalie (today) Enroth
Greiss
Goalie Record 4-3-1 14-6-2
Save % .931 .929
ES Save % .946
.938

Notes:

  • It's an NHL debut for Kevin Gravel!
  • The Kings goals per game went from 2.69 to 2.77 after Tuesday's contest! They're still tenth in the league in goalscoring, but they're a lot further ahead of 11th now.
  • I'm always here to keep you updated on former #4 pick Thomas Hickey, but he actually has been a much talked-about figure lately. Last week against the Washington Capitals, Hickey delivered an elbow to Tom Wilson and followed it up with this:
    Backstory: Wilson knocked out Lubomir Visnovsky out of the 2014-15 playoffs with this charging hit, and Visnovsky hasn't played since. The justification for Hickey's hit depends entirely on whether you're asking someone from DC or Long Island. Or if you are still #TeamLubo.
  • JF Berube is scratched :(
  • Tanner Pearson and Nick Shore are still scratched :( :(
  • (Those two had their first career goals against the Islanders. Too bad.)
  • Steve Bernier is also scratched :( :( :(
  • The Islanders have the same record the Bruins had when LA played them. (In fact, I didn't have to change any of the top four lines of the chart below the team name, which saved me a good ten seconds.)
  • PREDICTION: 9-2.