The New York Islanders host the Los Angeles Kings, in Brooklyn, to complete their three-game home-stand.
The New York Islanders are seeking to finish their first homestand after the All-Star break with a winning record and tonight's matchup against a struggling opponent is a perfect scenario for them to do so. But then again, the Islanders have not done well against struggling teams.
Last time these teams met in California, the Islanders did not put up much of a fight in a 4-1 loss. Derick Brassard had the lone goal and the powerplay went 0-for-3. A lot has changed since that November 27th matchup.
Tonight is the last time these out-of-conference foes will face each other this season and there are two big points on the line.
Tale of the Tape
As we can see above, the Islanders dominate this board in every category, except for shots-for per game and shots against per game. This is an interesting stat: The Kings who have struggled to win games this year, average the third-most shots per game and the least amount of shots against per game.
When the second to last team in the NHL flies across the country to play a playoff-caliber team, you would expect the playoff-caliber team to be heavy favorites. The Isles are heavy favorites in this matchup at a -195 money line, courtesy of the Action Network.
With the blue and orange in a tight playoff race and the Kings dropping their last six road games against eastern conference opponents. I would play the favorites in this one.