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Game Preview: Islanders at Flames

The Islanders close out their season series with the Flames on Friday.

Friday, 03.07.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Flames
The Islanders close out their season series with the Flames on Friday. (9:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
24-32-9 (57 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
15-16-1 road
Calgary Flames
24-31-7 (55 points - 6th in Pacific Division, 13th in Western Conference)
13-15-3 home
9:30  p.m.
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB
 

Television: MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play:
Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
Road Islanders: The Islanders are 11-3-1 in their last 15 road games.
Seven in Seven: Anders Lee has seven points (five goals, two assists) in seven-career NHL games. Lee scored his fourth of the season, and second in two games, on Thursday night against Edmonton.
• Hickey's Homecoming: Calgary, AB native Thomas Hickey is set to play in his hometown for the first time.
Flames Storylines
• Cammalleri Stays:
Despite trade rumors, Michael Cammalleri was not moved at the NHL trade deadline.
Bye-Bye Berra: The Flames acquired Colorado’s second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for goaltender Reto Berra.
Call-ups: Earlier this week the Flames called up Corban Knight, Max Reinhart, Ben Hanowski, and Joey MacDonald from the Abbotsford Heat, their AHL affiliate.
Islanders player to watch
Thomas Hickey - Defense

Thomas Hickey is the only Islanders player to appear in all 65 games this season - and has four goals and 13 assists over that span. Hickey skated 17 minutes in Thursday’s loss and picked up an assist on Frans Nielsen’s shorthanded-goal. The Calgary native has been a reliable, well-positioned presence on the Islanders back end and is set to play in his hometown for the first time in his NHL career Friday.
Flames player to watch
Sean Monahan - Forward

Sean Monahan is having a fantastic rookie season for the Flames with 18 goals and 28 points in 58 games. Monahan’s 18 goals is third among rookies and trails Nathan MacKinnon by four tallies. Two of Monahan’s 18 goals have been game-winners, most recently as part of a two-goal effort against archrivals Edmonton. Monahan has four points (two goals, two assists) in the Flames last three games.
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders lost to the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Feb. 6 at Nassau Coliseum. Calgary native Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan scored for the Islanders, but the rally fell short, as David Jones scored the eventual winner with 5:32 to play. The loss was the Islanders first to the Flames since Jan. 8, 2009.

LAST GAME: 
Feb. 6, 2014: CGY 4, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.1% (22nd)
77.4% (29th)
178
220
3-6-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Flames
14.3% (25th)
81.0% (20th)
141
183
6-4-0
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
40 Michael Grabner51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee – 18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan – 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 3 Travis Hamonic
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
Calgary Flames previous game lines
Forwards
13 Michael Cammalleri – 11 Mikael Backlund – 8 Joe Colborne
24 Jiri Hudler – 23 Sean Monahan – 17 Lance Bouma
59 Max Reinhart – 60 Markus Granlund – 31 Paul Byron
58 Ben Hanowski – 10 Corban Knight – 16 Brian McGrattan

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

Goaltenders
35 Joey MacDonald
37 Joni Ortio
Quote of the Day:
Jack Capuano on tonight's game against Calgary
We have to establish our forecheck a little bit harder there. They have some veteran defense. Tonight [the Oilers] had a younger defense, I thought they played well, but Friday will be a tougher task.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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