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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flames

The Islanders and Flames meet for the first time since 2011.

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flames
The Islanders and Flames meet for the first time since 2011. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
22-28-8 (52 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
8-12-8 home
Calgary Flames
21-28-7 (49 points - 6th in Pacific Division, 13th in Western Conference)
9-14-4 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 

Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2011-12 season series (1-0-0)

The Islanders won the 2011-12 season series with the Flames, taking the long meeting 3-1 on Dec. 29 at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares’ game-winner was an absolutely beauty, as he streaked down the wing to the goal line and curled around a Flames defenseman and buried on Miikka Kiprusoff. Evgeni Nabokov made 29-of-30 saves in the win.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 29, 2011: NYI 3, CGY 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Flames player to watch
Mark Giordano - Forward

Mark Giordano leads the Flames defense and is second in team scoring with nine goals and 19 assists through 38 games this season. The Flames captain could topple his career high (43 points in 2010-11) if he can stay healthy the rest of the way and is only two goals shy of his career high. Giordano had a nine-game point streak (4g/6a) snapped Tuesday in Montreal.
Islanders Storylines
Vs. the Flames: The Islanders are 5-1-0 in their last six games against the Flames and have won the last three meetings with Calgary at Nassau Coliseum.
Killin’ It: The Islanders penalty kill has been perfect over the last five games, killing 14 penalties during that span, including six against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. The Islanders have killed 23-of-25 penalties over a nine-game span.
Break in Sight: The Islanders have two games left – including tonight – before the Olympic break.
The Matchup
Islanders
16.5% (22nd)
77.6% (29th)
160
191
4-5-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Flames
14.1% (26th)
79.9% (23rd)
132
175
5-4-1
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas –
36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen

37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan – 46 Matt Donovan
 
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Calgary Flames previous game lines
Forwards
24 Jiri Hudler - 11 Mikael Backlund - 22 Lee Stempniak
13 Michael Cammalleri - 23 Sean Monahan - 8 Joe Colborne
17 Lance Bouma - 18 Matt Stajan - 54 David Jones
15 Kevin Westgarth - 39 T.J. Galiardi - 16 Brian McGrattan

Defensemen
7 T.J. Brodie - 5 Mark Giordano
4 Kris Russell - 44 Chris Butler
3 Ladislav Smid - 6 Dennis Wideman

Goaltenders
29 Reto Berra
Joni Ortio

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
Lower lobby opens at 5pm
Doors open at 5:45pm
National and Canadian Anthem- Hofstra Vocal Jazz Quartet
50/50 benefitting Islanders Children’s Foundation
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-a-Puck

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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