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Preview: Islanders vs. Flames

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (5-2-1) VS. CALGARY FLAMES (2-6-0)

7 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM BUY TICKETS

FIVE THINGS:

1. Tavares Streaking: John Tavares continues to lead the Islanders offensively, extending his point streak to six games with a goal Saturday. The Islanders captain beat Brian Elliott with a wicked wrist shot upstairs for his fifth goal in eight games. Tavares leads the Islanders with 11 points (5G, 6A) this season. 

 

2. Rested Isles, Tired Flames: The Islanders welcome the Flames on the second half of a back-to-back set. The Flames lost 4-1 to the New York Rangers on Sunday night. The Islanders are 1-0-0 this season when they are rested and their opponent is not. 

3. Vs. the Flames: The Islanders are 5-2-0 in their last seven games against the Flames, including a pair of 2-1 wins last season. The Islanders have won five of their last six games overall. 



4. Johnny Hockey: Don’t let Johnny Gaudreau’s size (5’9, 157 lbs.) fool you: the Flames forward is loaded with talent and produces at the NHL level. Gaudreau leads the Flames with nine points (1G, 9A) this season and has four assists in his last two games. Nicknamed “Johnny Hockey,” Gaudreau won the 2014 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey and posted 64 points (20G, 44A) in his rookie season a year ago. 



5. Offensive Defensemen: The Flames boast an offensive-minded defense corps, as their top-four blueliners from last season combined for 179 points (41G, 138A). That was before the addition of Dougie Hamilton, who had a career-high 42 points for Boston last season. Captain Mark Giordano leads the Flames with three goals this season, but the Islanders need to be conscious of Dennis Wideman, who had 56 points (15G, 41A) last season, and leads Calgary defensemen with five assists this year. 
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