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Game Preview: Islanders at Flames

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

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
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.

The Matchup
16.1% (22nd)
77.4% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

14.3% (25th)
81.0% (20th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
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


44 Calvin de Haan – 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 3 Travis Hamonic
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
Calgary Flames previous game lines
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

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

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.
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