LOS ANGELES — Cal Clutterbuck gave it a go in warmups on Wednesday night but sat out the game against the Kings with an upper-body injury that kept him out of the second half of Tuesday’s win in Anaheim.
Clutterbuck left that game after taking a heavy, clean hit from Ducks defenseman Josh Manson midway through the second period. He tried to get back in the game to start the third but was unable to continue.
Shane Prince, a healthy scratch on Tuesday, got back into the lineup in Clutterbuck’s spot. Scott Mayfield was the lone healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Back to Halak in goal
Jack Capuano may have been tempted to go back with Thomas Greiss tonight after Greiss’ 39-save performance on Tuesday in Anaheim and the fact that Greiss hadn’t played in three weeks, but Capuano stuck with the percentages — the research that shows a goaltender’s save percentage drops several points when he plays both ends of back-to-back games.
“We’re not going to force the issue here,” Capuano said in announcing Jaroslav Halak was getting the call against the Kings.
But Wednesday night’s outing for Halak, his eighth start in the past nine games, could go a fair way towards seeing which of the two goaltenders gets the majority of the work for the desperate Isles going forward. Halak had some strong outings during his seven-start streak but the Isles only won one of those games.
J-F Berube backed up Halak, the second straight night that Berube was dressed. He still hasn’t played a minute this season.
Goring drops the puck
Islanders broadcaster Butch Goring had the honor of dropping the ceremonial first puck on Wednesday night. Goring was drafted by the Kings in 1969 and played his first 10 NHL seasons with them before the late-season deal in 1980 that brought him to the Isles and helped start the dynasty years.
This is the 50th anniversary of the Kings and they have honored many players from the early years of the franchise.