The Islanders avoided facing Kings All-Star goaltender Jonathan Quick on Thursday night for a second time this season. Quick, a native of Milford, Connecticut, was sidelined after Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes collided with him in the closing seconds of the Kings’ 9-2 romp Tuesday night in Boston.
“I know he wants to play, but I think I’ll have to handle that one,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said yesterday. “He finished the game. He wants to play. Anything more is nobody’s business. Remember what injuries are — day-to-day, IR, long-term injury. Anything more is just telling the other team what we’re doing . . . I don’t like that.”
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Quick’s stellar numbers against the Islanders — he’s 5-1-2 with a 1.59 goals-against average and .935 save percentage against them — didn’t keep Sutter from going with Jhonas Enroth in the teams’ Nov. 12 meeting in Los Angeles, a 2-1 Kings win. Enroth also started Thursday night. Peter Budaj came up from the AHL to back up Enroth.
Isles switch in goal
Thomas Greiss got the start Thursday night, marking the fourth straight game that he and Jaroslav Halak alternated starts, although Halak’s start in Detroit on Saturday was cut short after 30 minutes when he was pulled after falling behind 4-0.
“With the games we have coming up, we felt we wanted to have a plan laid out,” coach Jack Capuano said.
The Islanders face the Hurricanes in Raleigh on Saturday and the Red Wings at home on Monday afternoon.
Barclays Center fell silent before the game in memory of the Islanders’ original equipment manager, Jim Pickard, who died at age 66 last week. Pickard was part of all four Stanley Cup teams and also worked for the 2004 Cup champion Lightning . . . John Tavares’ two points Thursday night moved him into 12th place on the franchise scoring list with 444, passing Billy Harris.