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 - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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