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NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings (32-19-7) at New York Islanders (30-24-7)


FEB. 24 vs. New York Islanders – 7:30 PM ET (4:30 PM PT) // Venue: US Arena // TV: Bally Sports West // Radio: iHeartRadio

  • The LA Kings visit the New York Islanders for the first of two meetings between these two clubs this season (March 14).
  • The Kings swept the season series against the Islanders last year, outscoring NY 8-3.
  • Tonight’s game marks the third game of the of team’s five-game road trip (2-1 L at MIN on Feb. 21; 4-3 OTL at NJD on Feb. 23; Feb. 26 at NYR; Feb. 28 at WPG).

1) Tonight is the second game of the Kings’ ninth set of back-to-backs this season. Prior to this weekend, the team is 9-4-3 in back-to-backs 6-2-0 in the first game, 3-2-3 in the second).

2) The Kings have won three of their last four against the Islanders (3-1-0), dating back to Nov. 27, 2019.

3) Viktor Arvidsson (1-0=1) tallied his 17th goal of the season last night for his 40th point on the year (17-23=40). It is his second 40-
point campaign in as many seasons and fifth of his career.

4) The Kings have points in their last four consecutive games against Metro Division opponents (3-4 OTL at NJD on Feb. 23; 6-0 W vs. PIT on Feb. 11; 5-4 OTL at CAR on Feb. 31; 4-3 OTW at PHI on Feb. 24).

5) Forward Alex Iafallo skates into UBS Arena with points in five of his last six games against the Islanders (2-4=6).

All-Time Record: 51-47-12-3
Home: 30-18-7-1
Away: 21-29-5-2
OT: 3-6 (2 ties)
Shootout: 1-1
2021-22: 2-0-0
2022-23: 0-0-0

Dave Taylor – 46 GP, 44 PTS (17-27=44)
Marcel Dionne – 42 GP, 44 PTS (17-27=44)
Luc Robitaille – 29 GP, 36 PTS (16-20=36)
Butch Goring – 32 GP, 33 PTS (14-19=33)
Wayne Gretzky – 15 GP, 31 PTS (11-20=31)
*-denotes active roster player

LAST MEETING vs. NY ISLANDERS: Feb. 26, 2022 – LAK 5 at NYI 2
Venue: Crypto.com Arena
LAK Goals: Danault (15), Roy (1), Byfield (2), Lemieux (8), Moore (9)
NYI Goals: Lee (14), Pageau (8)
Goalies: LAK: Petersen (W; 26 saves – 28 shots) NYI: Varlamov (L; 30 saves – 34 shots)
LAK PP: 0-for-5
LAK PK: 3-for-3

Sun., Feb. 26 | at New York Rangers | 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT) | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
Kevin Fiala has 15 points (7-8=15) in 11 career games against the Rangers for a points-per-game average of 1.36, the fourth-highest among active skaters vs. NYR (min. GP: 10).

Tues., Feb. 28 | at Winnipeg Jets | 7:00 p.m. CT (5:00 p.m. PT) | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings have points in six of their last eight games against the Jets in Winnipeg, dating back to Nov. 13, 2016 (3-2-3).

Thurs., March. 2 | vs. Montreal Canadiens | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings have won their last three consecutive games against Montreal and have picked up points in 10 of their last 13 matchups (9-3-1).

Player, Games Missed, Date(s), Status
F Alex Iafallo, 23 games, Oct. 18 – Dec. 3 (lower-body)
F Brendan Lemieux, 18 games, Nov. 14 – Dec. 20 (lower-body)
F Arthur Kaliyev, 18 games, Dec. 22 – Jan. 31 (lower-body)
F Trevor Moore, 17 games, Dec. 27 – Jan. 31 (upper-body); Feb. 23 – Pres. (upper-body)
F Carl Grundstrom, 13 games, Jan. 19 – Pres. (lower-body)
F Gabriel Vilardi, 10 games, Nov. 27 (lower-body); Jan. 19 – Feb. 13 (undisclosed)
F Quinton Byfield, 6 games, Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 (illness)
F Viktor Arvidsson, 3 games, Oct. 13 (illness); Oct. 25 (illness); Jan. 11 (illness)
D Sean Durzi, 2 games, Nov. 19 – Nov. 22. (lower-body)
D Drew Doughty, 1 game, Dec. 11 (lower-body)
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 111

Feb. 10 – Pheonix Copley (G) re-signed to a one-year contract extension with an AAV of $1.5M
Feb. 11 – Trevor Moore (F) and Arthur Kaliyev (F) activated off injured reserve. Jacob Moverare (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 12 – Jacob Moverare (D) loaned to Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 13 – Tobie Bisson (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 14 – Tobie Bisson (D) loaned to Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 15 – Mikey Anderson (D) signed to an eight-year contract extension with an AAV of $4.125M.
Feb. 17 – Tobias Bjornfot (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).


Wednesday, Feb. 22 Win NYI 2 vs. WPG 1 Aho, Holmstrom Sorokin (25/26)
Sebastian Aho opened the score with his fifth goal of the season, then Simon Holmstrom scored the go-ahead goal in the
third period, as the New York Islanders defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, Wednesday night at UBS Arena. Goaltender Ilya
Sorokin made 25 saves on 26 shots in his third straight victory, while Matt Martin, Brock Nelson and Bo Horvat tallied
assists to help the Islanders earn their third win in their last four games.

Feb. 22 Andy Andreoff has been returned on loan to Bridgeport. Otto Koivula has been recalled from loan.
Feb. 19 Arnaud Durandeau has been emergency recalled from Bridgeport.
Feb. 17 Otto Koivula has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.
Feb. 16 Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been placed on IR. Andy Andreoff has been recalled from loan (Bridgeport)


3 Adam Pelech Dec. 9 – Jan. 21

8 Noah Dobson Jan. 23 – Jan. 28

10 Simon Holmstrom Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

12 Josh Bailey Nov. 29, Feb. 18 –

13 Mathew Barzal Jan. 6, Feb. 20 –

15 Cal Clutterbuck Oct. 13, Nov. 8, Dec. 2- Dec. 6, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3, Jan. 21 –

20 Hudson Fasching Jan. 19 – Jan. 28

21 Kyle Palmieri Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, Dec. 17 – Jan. 21

25 Sebastian Aho Oct. 13 – Oct. 20

26 Oliver Wahlstrom Oct. 13, Dec. 29 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau Feb. 14 –

Man Games Lost: 142

Wednesday, Feb. 22 vs. Winnipeg W (2-1)
Monday, Feb. 20 at Pittsburgh W (4-2)
Saturday, Feb. 18 at Boston L (6-2)
Friday, Feb. 17 vs. Pittsburgh W (5-4)
Tuesday, Feb. 14 vs. Ottawa L/SO (3-2)

Feb. 24, 2023 UBS Arena 7:30pm
Mar. 14, 2023 Crypto.com Arena 10:30pm

Feb. 26 at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre (Winnipeg, MB) 3:30pm
Feb. 28 at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN) 8:00pm
Mar. 4 vs. Detroit UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 12:30pm
Mar. 7 vs. Buffalo UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm
Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 7:00pm

Feb. 26, 2022 Crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, CA) Loss (5-2)
Jan. 27, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) Loss (3-2)
Feb. 6, 2020 Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY) Win (5-3)
Nov. 27, 2019 Crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, CA) Loss (4-1)
Feb. 2, 2019 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) Win (4-2)

2021-22 0-2-0
Last five games 3-2-0
Franchise History 50-50-12-1
NYI Home 31-20-5-1
NYI Away 19-30-7-0

Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Los Angles Kings in the first of two matchups between the two clubs this season. These teams last met on February 26, 2022, in Los Angeles, a 5-2 decision in the Kings’ favor. It is the first time the Islanders have hosted Los Angeles at UBS Arena since January 27, 2022. A win tonight against Los Angeles would be the Islanders’ first since February 6, 2020. The Islanders have collected points in seven of their nine games this month (5-2-2 since returning from the All-Star Break). They are also 5-1-1 at UBS area since January 27. This season, they have won five of their six home contests against a Pacific Division foe. The Islanders have a four game point streak on home ice (3-0-1). On Wednesday night, they captured their first win against a Central Division opponent since December 4, 2022, when they defeated the Winnipeg Jets.

Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin has won each of his last three starts, turning aside 109 of 116 shots in that span. His 25-save outing on Wednesday night against Winnipeg was his 20th win of the season and 59th of his career, passing teammate Semyon Varlamov for 10th-most in club history. Sorokin has never faced the Los Angeles Kings. Sorokin, 27, has made 40 or more saves in two of his last three starts. Monday night’s victory in Pittsburgh was the seventh time this season he has made 40-plus saves in a single outing. Sorokin is 5-1-2 when facing at least 40 shots. He enters tonight’s game with a .925 SV% in 42 starts, tied with Connor Hellebuyck for fourth-most amongst NHL netminders with at least 17 games played this season. Sorokin is tied with Darcy Kuemper (WSH) for the league-lead in shutouts so far this season (5). He earned the 15th of his career on February 7. His 15 shutouts lead the league since his NHL debut in 2021 and are fourth-most in franchise history. The ezhdurechensk, RUS native has recorded a shutout in 13.2% of his starts, which is the best in the NHL since 1943-44 among goalies with at least 100 starts.

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