NHL Picks: Islanders & Kings Will go Under 5 Goals Thursday Night

SBR Staff

Thursday, November 12, 2015 8:42 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 8:42 PM GMT

The New York Islanders will be aiming for their first two-game winning streak since Oct. when they pay a visit to the Staples Center for a date with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. 

New York Islanders (8-5-3 SU, 7-9 PL, 5-10-1 O/U) at Los Angeles Kings (9-6 SU, 5-10 PL, 3-5-7 O/U)

NHL: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. ET

The Line: LA Kings -154.

Total: 5

New York halted a two-game skid by winning 4-2 at San Jose on Tuesday. The Kings fell out of first place in the Pacific Division on Tuesday when they lost 3-2 to visiting Arizona while Vancouver took care of Columbus. L.A. has alternated wins and losses in its last six games dating back to Oct. 31.

 

Offensive drought
The Islanders had not scored more than two goals in a game since Oct. 26 (a stretch of five contests) heading into last Sunday’s home date with Boston. In an attempt to mix things up, head coach Jack Capuano benched left wing Josh Bailey (three goals, three assists) and replaced him with Taylor Beck. It did not work. Beck went without a point or a shot in his season debut and New York lost to the Bruins 2-1.

“We’re in a little bit of a rut right now,” Capuano admitted following the setback. “We’re not having any puck luck like we had earlier in the year. Maybe that’s expected. We’ve just got to work harder.”

The Islanders finally got things going on Tuesday with a 4-2 win at San Jose, during which Bailey was back in the lineup and Beck was a scratch. One of their four goals, it must be noted, was of the empty-net variety with five seconds remaining

 

Captain Carter
Kings’ center can captain Jeff Carteris leading the team with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) through 15 games. The 30-year-old has three goals and two assists in L.A.’s last four outings.

“To see him stepping up and playing the way he has and kind of leading the charge…I guess, as far as turning things around after the start we had, he’s a guy who wants to step up in big moments,” linemate Milan Lucicsaid of Carter. “You know he’s coming to play every night.” The Kings also have another center, Anze Kopitar, who has scored five goals. “Look at the game now…. Not taking anything away from the other guys, (but) you can’t win with one quality center anymore,” Lucic said. “You need more than one. I think to have Kopitar and Carter as a one-two punch is definitely one of the best in the league.”

 

The New York Islanders are: 7-1-1 Under in their last nine overall 5-1-1 Under in their last seven road games 3-1-3 Under in their last seven trips to Los Angeles

 

The Los Angeles Kings are: 12-4-6 Under in their last 24 home games 21-8-10 Under in their last 39 games against the Metropolitan Conference 10-2-4 Under in the last 16 meetings between the two teams

 

Carter has been killing it for the Kings, but they need a line other than the one featuring Carter, Lucic, and Tyler Toffoli to step up before they can become a reliable offensive force. Carter’s current situation should also be monitored. He left Monday’s practice after 25 minutes–although it was reportedly unrelated to any injury–and did not notch a point in 17:11 of ice time (his lowest since the season opener). As for the Islanders, the under is 7-1-1 in their last nine overall.

NHL Pick: Islanders vs. Kings Under 5 at Pinnacle

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