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Feb 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In his first game at The Rock since leaving the Devils in 2013, Ilya Kovalchuk put the exclamation point on the Kings' 5-1 win Tuesday against the Devils. The Kings broke a tie early in the third by scoring three times in a span of 1:20. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:21 LAK Adrian Kempe; Assists: Carl Hagelin

Second period:

  • 3:31 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Drew Stafford
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Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

Ilya Kovalchuk isn't expecting a warm reception at The Rock Tuesday night when the former Devil and current King makes his first return to Newark since departing the team in 2013. 

"I am pretty sure there will be a lot of booing, but I love that, so it's all good," Kovalchuk said, per NHL.com.

The Devils acquired Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2010 trade deadline, and in the offseason the Devils signed the goal-scoring winger to a 17-year, $102 million contract, a deal which was ultimately rejected by the NHL for cap-cirumvention. A 15-year, $100 million deal was approved. 

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Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk skates by during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk skates by during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew three separate one-goal leads, including one in the final minute of regulation, as New York lost to the Kings in overtime 4-3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:32 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Mika Zibanejad
  • 17:23 LA Adrian Kempe; Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk, Carl Hagelin
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Jan 6, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) shoots the puck during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Jan 6, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) shoots the puck during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

A slow start and an inability to finish Saturday night cost the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings chances to beat two of the NHL's elite teams and make up ground in their long-shot playoff pursuits.

The Rangers and Kings will look to author more complete performances Monday night, when New York hosts Los Angeles at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams were off Sunday following narrow defeats Saturday, when the Rangers fell to the visiting NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 and the Kings squandered a third-period lead in a 4-2 loss to the host New York Islanders.

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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings with teammates during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings with teammates during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders scored three unanswered goals in the final 6:14 of the third period as they beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum. >> Box score


Third period:

  • 13:15 LA Ilya Kovalchuk; Assists: Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar
  • 13:46 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey
  • 17:37 NYI Michael Dal Colle; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Leo Komarov
  • 18:29 NYI Brock Nelson (ENG); Assists: Ryan Pulock, Cal Clutterbuck
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

The Devils got back in the win column after a six-game losing skid to down the lowly Kings in Los Angeles, 6-3. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:49 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Will Butcher
  • 15:41 LAK Brendan Leipsic; Assists: Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez

Second period:

  • 0:25 NJD Travis Zajac (Unassisted)
  • 6:59 LAK Adrian Kempe; Assists: Drew Doughty, Austin Wagner
  • 10:57 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Taylor Hall
  • 12:28 NJD Will Butcher; Assists: Miles Wood, Travis Zajac
  • 17:37 LAK Kyle Clifford (Unassisted)

Third period:

  • 11:06 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Taylor Hall
  • 19:52 NJD Blake Coleman (Empty net); Assists: Andy Greene, Damon Severson
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Henrik Lundqvist (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Henrik Lundqvist (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist allowed a go-ahead goal to Alec Martinez with 55 seconds remaining as the Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Sunday at Staples Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 11:11 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov; Assist: Pavel Buchnevich
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New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The Devils (20-19-9) look to continue their recent success when they take on the Los Angeles Kings (22-21-4) in Newark on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • The Kings lost, 3-2, to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night, and have now dropped a season-high four straight regulation games. Los Angeles has potted two or fewer goals in each of its last four tilts -- tied for its longest such streak of the year.
  • New Jersey walloped Philadelphia, 4-1, at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, winning its fourth straight road game in a row. However, the Devils have dropped four consecutive home tilts, scoring two or fewer goals in each setback (0-3-1 record during streak).
  • The Kings defeated the Devils, 4-2, at Staples Centers in these clubs' first meeting of the campaign on November 19. Dating to 2011-12, Los Angeles and New Jersey have split their last four games at Prudential Center, each skating off with two victories.
  • Jordan Nolan had a goal and an assist last night, snapping his 13-game pointless streak, and recording his second multi-point game of the season. Six of Nolan's seven points in 2016-17 have come in road games (3g, 3a).
  • Miles Wood lit the lamp twice in Saturday night's triumph, recording the first multi-goal game of his NHL career, and earning first-star accolades for the performance. Wood has seven markers on the season -- tied for second most of any Devils' rookie in the last five seasons.
  • Los Angeles is 3-3-1 in the second of back-to-back tilts this season. New Jersey is 5-5-3 when getting two or more days off between games in 2016-17.

© 2017 by STATS.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) reacts skating off the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. ( Adam Hunger)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) reacts skating off the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. ( Adam Hunger)

Two teams with similar records, but lately headed in opposite directions, meet on Tuesday night when the New Jersey Devils host the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center.

The Devils (20-19-9) are coming off a rousing 4-1 road victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, their fourth win in the past five games. New Jersey's recent success after a dreadful 4-9-2 month of December revived the team's playoff hopes.

In contrast, the Kings (22-21-4) have lost four games in a row, including a 3-2 defeat to the Rangers in New York on Monday. The four-game losing streak is Los Angeles' longest this season following a pair of earlier three-game skids.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look to make it three straight wins when they take on the Kings at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Kings lost to the Sharks, 3-2, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, as they wrapped up a seven-game homestand, going 3-4-0. L.A. now hits the road for nine of their next 10 games, with the lone home game on February 1 against Colorado.
  • The Islanders beat the Stars, 3-0, in Brooklyn on Thursday, picking up a win in Doug Weight's debut as the team's head coach. It was also their second consecutive shutout, the first time they've posted back-to-back shutouts since November 8 and 11, 2014.
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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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November 22, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
November 22, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look to make it two wins in a row when they take on the Kings in Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. 

According to STATS...

  • New York beat Anaheim, 3-2, in a marathon shootout (14 rounds) last night at Honda Center, snapping its four-game losing streak with the win. The Islanders are 3-3-4 in one-goal games this season.
  • The Kings beat the Ducks, 3-2, at Honda Center on Sunday night, and have now won three straight games while allowing exactly two goals in each victory. Los Angeles is 10-1-0 when netting at least three goals this season (0-8-1 in all other games).
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New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (not pictured) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (not pictured) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

LOS ANGELES -- The New York Islanders bring a surprising surge of momentum into a Wednesday game against the red-hot Los Angeles Kings.

New York (6-8-4) broke a four-game losing streak by winning a franchise-record, 14-round shootout and emerging with a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. The road victory was the first of the season for the Islanders, who are 1-4-1 overall away from Barclays Center during an early-season schedule heavily weighted toward home contests.

 

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November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) celebrates with center Nic Dowd (26) his goal scored against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Staples Center. Dowd provided an assist on the goal (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) celebrates with center Nic Dowd (26) his goal scored against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Staples Center. Dowd provided an assist on the goal (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

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Nov 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) defends against Dallas Stars center Gemel Smith (46) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) defends against Dallas Stars center Gemel Smith (46) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils take on the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils fell to the Ducks, 3-2, in Anaheim on Thursday, snapping a five-game winning streak. In all five games, the Devils allowed two or fewer goals. That was their longest winning streak since a five-game run in February 2013.
  • The Kings beat the Oilers, 4-2, in LA on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak. They've been a very streaky team, as they've already racked up three separate streaks of at least three losses, and two separate streaks of at least three wins. They're now 8-1-0 when scoring at least three goals, and 0-8-1 when scoring two or fewer.
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri shoots the puck during the second period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri shoots the puck during the second period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils face the Los Angeles Kings on the road on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils have gone an NHL-best 6-1-0-2 at the Staple Center, since the building opened in 1999. This includes a three-game active win streak in Los Angeles.
  • After allowing at least four goals in each of their previous four road games, the Devils picked up a 3-0 win in San Jose on Thursday night -- their NHL-leading fourth shutout on the road since December 15.
  • The Kings have won six of their last seven home games, and have scored at least four goals in back-to-back home games for the first time since Jan. 28 -- Feb. 12, 2015.
  • The Kings are one of just two teams (Stars six) that has at least five skaters with at least four game-winning goals this season.
  • Kyle Palmieri, who has recorded five points over his last four games, has not scored a single goal over his last nine games against the Kings.
  • With a point against the Devils, Milan Lucic will match his season-long point streaks (five games, Oct. 22-31 and Jan. 9-19).
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Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown celebrates after a goal was scored past New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown celebrates after a goal was scored past New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Tanner Pearson's goal with 1:50 left in overtime powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Anze Kopitar recorded a hat trick, and Marian Gaborik added a goal for Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles, which has won three of its last five.

Peter Budaj made 24 saves in his season debut start. Budaj, who spent the season with the Kings' AHL farm team in Ontario, California, last played in the NHL on May 17, 2014, when he replaced injured Montreal Canadiens starting goaltender Carey Price in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Budaj allowed three goals on eight shots in that one, a 7-2 Rangers win.

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