The New York Islanders annual California road trip concludes tonight against the San Jose Sharks. The Islanders dismantled the Los Angeles Kings by a score of seven to two as they chased Jonathan Quick after six goals and tapped in an extra against Jack Campbell. The Islanders outplayed the Kings for their first possession victory of the young season while Quick absolutely stunk up the joint with the average goal coming from 38 feet out.
The Sharks should prove to be a much tougher challenge. They’ll roll out two Norris caliber defensemen in Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson for the majority of the game and they have considerably better depth at forward than the Kings. They also have a healthy goalie coming into this one in Martin Jones, but he’s been pretty bad thus far - only ten goalies have had worse dSV% than he has on the young season and he’s at risk of losing his spot to Aaron Dell.
Robin Lehner had a scare late after he took a puck to the dome and was removed from the game, but apparently that was just a precaution and he’s fine to go tonight. Anthony Beauvillier isn’t able to go tonight due to illness and Tom Kuhnhackl will take his place. Ross Johnston and Luca Sbisa will be the other two healthy scratches.
It’s another late game - 10:30 P.M. E.S.T. Stay awake everyone.