Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flames

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

Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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