NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings are in pivotal portions of their schedule.
The Islanders are in the midst of playing six straight at home while the Kings are starting a five-game road trip.
New York hosts Los Angeles Saturday night in a matchup of teams trying to gain points and inch closer in their respective playoff races.
New York (18-17-8, 44 points) has resided near the basement of the Eastern Conference for most of the season but comes off consecutive shutouts for the first time since Nov. 8-11, 2014 at Colorado and Arizona. In these shutouts, the Islanders were coached by two different people. >> Read more