Los Angeles Kings (22-19-4) at New York Islanders (18-17-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 21, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders +104 / Los Angeles Kings -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot on Saturday nights as they head into Brooklyn to face off with the New York Islanders.
The Kings look to snap out of their losing ways against the Eastern Conference as they have dropped their last four games and take on an Islanders side that hasn’t had a great start to the season and could be in the running for a top end draft pick in the offseason. Los Angeles has had to deal with a ton of adversity over the last few years and the absence of Jonathan Quick has certainly been felt in the Los Angeles crease but they are still in the mix in the Pacific division and can take another step forward with a win tonight. Petr Budaj is expected to make the start as he has for most of the season as he will face off against Jean-Francois Berube who is off to a rough start in a relief role with the Isles.
New York will look to break out offensively and keep their captain John Tavares red hot as they aim to get themselves back into the discussion as an Eastern Conference playoff contender and will aim to extend Los Angeles’ misery against teams with a losing record. The Isles had been a team on the rise over the last few seasons that has been highlighted by a few playoff appearances but lately they seem to be regressing and with some of the league’s best teams neighboured beside them in the Metro division they could be in a tough spot to get into the postseason this year.
The Kings are 1-5 in their last six against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last seven road games while the Islanders are 4-1 in their last five on one day’s rest and 22-51 in their last 73 Saturday games. Los Angeles isn’t great on the road and that scares me but Berube doesn’t offer much in the NY crease and in the end that is the difference as the Kings get the win.