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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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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