The New York Islanders rallied from 2-0 down against the Blue Jackets to win their emotional return to the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
Following a brutal weekend of losses to the Islanders and Sabres, the Kings are almost in a free fall of sorts with everything clicking but not hitting and a messy situation all over the ice and behind the bench (Previously covered in my last post). Though past all of that, it’s time for a round up of the Kings going into tonight’s game against Dallas.
The Kings come into Dallas with a 2-5-1 record, on the other hand Dallas come in 3-4-0 on the day. Both teams have come off the bad ends of recent games with Dallas dropping straight games themselves against the Senators, Devils and Wild, the Kings dropping bad decisions to the Sabres and Islanders.
Jarret Anderson Dolan has been sent back to Spokane in the WHL for further seasoning and not to use a year on his ELC within the ten game limit, defenseman Sean Walker has been called up from the AHL’s Reign as team leader in points and goals. Dustin Brown is travelling with the team but can’t be activated off LTIR until later on in the month.
Dallas have called up Justin Dowling from the AHL themselves, the 28 year old could look to make his NHL debut tonight against the Kings. Alexander Radulov is noted as day to day and may be questionable for the Stars tonight. Valeri Nichushkin is skating but not active.
Los Angeles Leaders
Goals: Iafallo, Kopitar, Toffoli, Kovalchuk, Carter (2)
Assists: Iafallo (5)
Points: Iafallo, (7)
Sv%: Campbell (91.7%)
GAA: Campbell (2.80)
Powerplay: 10.7% (29th in NHL)
Penalty Kill: 71.4% (T-26nd with BUF)
Goals: Radulov, Benn, Klingberg (4)
Assists: Seguin (7)
Points: Radulov, Seguin (10)
Sv%: Bishop (92%)
GAA: Bishop (2.46)
Powerplay: 33% (3rd in NHL)
Penalty Kill: 80% (14th in NHL)
Players to watch:
LAK: Iafallo continues to hound the puck on the top line, top line last few games have been Iafallo, Kopitar and Toffoli.
DAL: Leadership group of Benn, Seguin and Radulov is working as usual, expect the line to be the threat.
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The Islanders’ season is up and running and the Isles are 2-1-0 from their first three games.
A perhaps fortunate win over the Carolina Hurricanes was followed up by a defeat to a strong Nashville Predators team, in which the Islanders turned in a spirited performance. That all culminated in an opening week high for the visit of the Sharks on Monday night – a time slow which tends to bring out the worst in the Islanders.
The Islanders extended their pre-season record to 5-2-0 with a 4-3 overtime win against the New York Rangers last night – but the Isles roster still leaves a lot to be desired.
NHL Hockey is just around the corner!
In just over two weeks, the Flyers will host their Regular Season opener against the Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights, a game which is sure to sell out. Right now, however, preseason continues to roll on, and the Flyers have gotten through 3 of their 8 scheduled exhibition contests. All three of these games were against the Islanders, whom the Flyers’ Dev Camp squad beat last week.
Starting this week and throughout the coming NHL season, I’ll be posting a weekly piece here dedicated to following the highs and (most probably) lows of my beloved New York Islanders.
CTP’s in-house New York Islanders fanatic Matthew Burgess gives his take on a busy twenty-four hours for the Isles.