[10:39 PM] Islanders @ Kings

Who will WIN this matchup?

New York Islanders (5-8-4)

@ Los Angeles Kings (10-9-1)


Starting Goalies:

Jaroslav Halak (NYI): Confirmed

Peter Budaj (LAK): Likely


The Los Angeles Kings look to extend a pair of winning streaks when they host the New York Islanders on Wednesday in the opener of their three-game homestand. Los Angeles has posted four consecutive victories at Staples Center and has won a season-high three straight overall after edging the Pacific Division-rival Ducks 3-2 in Anaheim on Sunday. Jeff Carter has rediscovered his scoring touch, recording four goals — and adding two assists — over his last three games en route to being named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.

New York managed to put an end to its four-game winless stretch (0-2-2), but it wasn’t an easy task. The Islanders squandered a third-period lead but came away with a 3-2 victory after defenseman Nick Leddy scored in the 14th round of the shootout.

The Islanders have won two of three on their California trip each of the last two seasons.

Anze Kopitar has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, but there’s a chance he could return to the lineup against the Islanders.

New York is seeking its second straight road victory after beginning the season 0-4-1 away from home.


StreakSmarts Pick: Los Angeles Kings

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick