Time: 4 PST.
On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150
Where: Nassau Coliseum.
Records: Kings 23-21-7, Islanders 16-31-5.
Record vs. Islanders (2007-08): 1-0-0.
Kings stat of the game: Kings giving up on 2.69 Goals per game, good for 7th best in the League. The Islanders, without their 20 year contracted goalie Rick DiPietro this season are at 3.31, putting them at 3rd worst in the league.
Kings have been on a roll lately, and as I had predicted in my midseason review, choosing Johnathan Quick as the everyday goalie has brought stability and led to wins. With the goalie situation settled and the defense playing better, players that had contributed next to nothing in the first half of the season such as Calder and O'Sullivan have been playing extremely well. The now renamed "CBS" line of Calder Brown and Stoll has been one of the hottest lines in the league. Every facet of the game for the Kings has been playing significantly better than it was a month ago, which can attest to Terry Murray's coaching abilities. Stability in Goal, stability on the bench, finally things are looking up for this team.
Not all is peachy keen in the world of the Kings though. They will now be going through the roughest part of the 08-09 schedule. The Kings led the league in home games in the first half of the season, and subsequently will be on the road often throughout the next couple of months. One particularly difficult part of the schedule will come at the end of February, as they will play the Wild, Flyers and Red Wings and then go to Chicago on March 1st. This makes the game tonight even more important because the Islanders pose the least amount of threat to beat the Kings as anyone in the next month.
Prediction: Kings 4 Islanders 2
2 by Brown, 1 by Frolov, 1 by O'Sullivan