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Game Primer: Flames vs. Islanders

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames

Regular Season
Iginla 40 18 28 46
Cammalleri 39 14 20 34
Langkow 40 14 18 32

Record: 24-12-4
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Five: 4-1-0


Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Five: 3-0-2

Regular Season
Weight 37 7 25 32
Streit 41 8 24 32
Guerin 41 13 16 29

Sharks vs. Islanders
7 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
Sportsnet (HD) and The Fan 960

The Flames have something to be proud of. They beat the best team in the League, the San Jose Sharks, on Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory which was some reprisal after being beaten with a 6-1 in San Jose last November.

"We came out with a lot of energy, we were skating well, making smart plays, taking the puck to the net, and getting bodies in front of (Sharks goalie Evgeni) Nabokov and it paid off for us," Daymond Langkow said on Tuesday.

Some milestones were achieved that night including Jarome Iginla playing his 900th game, Mike Keenan winning his 450th game as a coach, and Miikka Kiprusoff winning the 169th game for the Flames, thus moving him into second place on the all-time list behind Mike Vernon.

Now they need to continue the impressive performance when they face the League’s worst team, the New York Islanders, in game two of a three-game home stand at the Saddledome on Thursday. The Flames home record is 14-4-3 and they are statistically a more superior team to the Isles, but the worst thing they can do is get cocky or complacent.

Despite the Islanders lackluster record, the Flames have lost their last two games against New York. The last game was January 11, 2008, in Calgary where the Flames lost 4-5 in a shootout. The Isles overall record is 17-26-9 against Calgary.

The Isles conclude a four game road trip where they have lost every game against Phoenix, San Jose, and Edmonton. Their record stands at 5-16-2 including their last matchup against the Oilers on Monday. The Islanders had a 2-0 lead in the first period, but ultimately fell 3-2 at Rexall Place.

After that contest, the Islanders had a chance to unwind and spend Tuesday in Banff before reporting to Calgary for an afternoon practice on Wednesday.

The Flames will play one more home game on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues before heading to San Jose on Thursday.


For the Flames…

Mike Cammalleri

Tonight's game should be an opportunity for the first line (Cammalleri-Conroy-Iginla) to put some more numbers for the Flames. Lately, the second and third lines have been doing most of the goal-scoring including Daymond Langkow who's on a five-game scoring streak with five goals and two assists. Both Mike Cammalleri and Jarome Iginla have been pretty quiet in the last three matchups. Cammalleri had a -1 against San Jose.

For the Islanders...

Kyle Okposo

Lately, Kyle Okposo has been showing his potential of becoming a future NHL star. The former Minnesota Gopher has five goals and eight points in the last seven games. He has been playing the second with Blake Comeau and Mike Comrie. Collectively, they have 19 points. He was the Islanders first draft pick in 2006 and one of ten Americans to be drafted in the first round that year.

Jarome Iginla was named to the All-Star team for the fifth time on Wednesday.

"It's going to be cool to play an all-star game in Canada," said Iginla. "I feel honoured to be selected. To get a chance to play in the all-star game is great. It's a different vibe for the weekend and it is fun to get a chance to play with players from around the league."

Islanders defenceman Mark Streit was selected on Thursday morning to play for the East. He is the first Swiss player to be named.  

The Flames held an optional skate this morning. F Todd Bertuzzi was not on the ice and there was some speculation that his back is bothering him. There was no official word from the team, but Bertuzzi could be a game time decision against his former team...D James Vandermeer skated with the team and took some extra ice following the morning skate, a sign that he is close to returning to the line-up...There was no immediate word on who would start in goal for the Flames tonight. Miikka Kiprusoff, who leads the league with 24 wins this season, did not take the morning skate. Curtis McElhinney did however. It would not be a stretch to see him start against the Islanders.

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Both Dustin Boyd and Mark Giordano need five games for 100
Jarome Iginla needs eight goals for 400
Matthew Lombardi needs ten assists for 100
Cory Sarich needs eight assists for 100


Jim Vandermeer (ankle) is day to day. Brandon Prust (jaw), Wayne Primeau (foot), and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.

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