The Flames pushed their winning streak to a season high four consecutive victories on Saturday night against the Oilers, and will look to further extend it tonight against the woeful Islanders (7PM MT, Sportsnet West), who currently occupy second-last place in the NHL. The team turned in a pathetic effort as the visitors at Nassau Coliseum towards the end of last season with a 3-2 loss in which Eric Nystrom and Nigel Dawes (remember them?) provided the only offence for the club against an Islanders team whose fate was already sealed.
The Islanders are in a similar position not even halfway through this season. Sitting at eight games under .500 with a goal differential of -34, their leading scorer 2009 first overall pick John Tavares is one of just two players on the team in double digits in goals, the other being Matt Moulson. Things have been looking up recently for the Long Island squad recently, as they've also gone 6-3-1 in their past ten games with a current two-game winning streak to their credit (in games against the Penguins and Red Wings, no less), but they're still a miserable 4-12-3 away from home, something that could work in the Flames' advantage tonight. The Flames have been winning recently, but have been doing so against less than stellar teams, sot they'll have to be sure to not to take this Islanders team coming in on a roll lightly.
Links after the jump.
Arik bids farewell to Darryl Sutter with a heartfelt Dear John letter [The 4th Line Blog]
Cassie Campbell's thoughts on the prominence of Ryan Kesler and the Winter Classic [CBC Sports]
The good, bad, and generally unexpected half way through the 2010-11 season [From the Rink]
The Puck Daddy staff look into their crystal balls and prognosticate about the 2011 hockey year
Ryan Lambert and Chemmy of PPP fame get everyone fired up for tonight's WJHC semi-final between Canada and the U.S. [The Sleeping Giant]
More speculation about the circumstances leading up to Darryl Sutter's forced resignation reveals that the situation could be messier than originally thought, as the elder Sutter is reportedly not on speaking terms with Brent or interim GM Jay Feaster [CBC Sports]
Hockey history and the birth of line changes [Hockey Prospectus]
That's if for today everyone, have a great week and enjoy what should be an exciting night of hockey.