|Calgary Flames vs NY Islanders, 2pm MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB|
|TV: RSNW, MSG+|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames have had a day to recover from that slightly dramatic OT victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The win vaulted Calgary into 6th place in the West and kept them in charge of their own playoff destiny. The win was Calgary’s 6th in a row and ties their longest streak of the season, which occurred from Nov. 30th to Dec. 1st this season. Last year the Flames reeled off 7 straight from Dec. 1st to Dec. 17th. Brian Elliott has 5 of the 6 wins and has been Calgary’s backbone since he took over. In games where the Flames are struggling to score goals, Elliott has them hanging around long enough for the offence to get the game winner. This game marks the 3rd game of a run where Calgary plays 8 of their next 9 at home. The Flames have 35 wins on the season which is exactly how many they had last year after 82 games.
The Islanders are clinging to their playoff lives as they are barely holding on to the 8th and final spot in the East. The Isles sit at 71 points and have serious competition from Toronto, Florida and Tampa who are all no more than 3 points behind NY. Not helping matters for the Islanders is the fact that they are on a run through some of the Western Conference’s best teams right now. They’ve already had to get through Dallas and Chicago, but now they have to deal with Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and St. Louis. NY doesn’t get a reprieve until they have back to backs with the Hurricanes. The Islanders were playing well, having won 4 out of 5, but they’ve slipped recently and dropped 2 of their last 3.
The Flames and Isles last met on November 28th with the Islanders winning 2-1 in OT. The Flames own a 26-18-11 record against NY at home, but since 2010 the Flames are 1-3-0 at the Saddeldome against the Islanders.
Here’s how the teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||NY Islanders|
|4th Pacific||Division||5th Metropolitan|
|6th West||Conference||8th East|
|Backlund (20)||Goals||Tavares (23)|
|Backlund (46)||Points||Tavares (53)|
|Tkachuk (94)||PIM||Harmonic (49)|
|Johnson (.913)||Save %||Greiss (.918)|
|19.8 (13th)||PP %||15.6 (26th)|
|80.2 (19th)||PK%||79.9 (21st)|
|Flames: Elliott (E)||17-13-3||2.67||.903|
|Islanders: Greiss (E)||21-12-4||2.49||.918|
What’s Happening With The Opposition?
Last Time Out
Calgary Flames 3 Detroit Red Wings 2 (OT)
The Flames like to do it the hard way apparently. The Red Wings rolled into town and scored with 2 seconds left to send a 2-1 game to overtime. The Flames had a multitude of opportunities to end it early, but none of those chances came through. It wasn’t until 3:56 of OT when MIchael Frolik and Mikael Backlund started a 2 on 1 and Backlund ripped the game winner past Petr Mrazek for the OT winner. Brian Elliott continued to stand on his head and lead the Flames to victory by stopping 35 of the 37 shots that came his way. Here’s our recap, the highlights and Glen Gulutzan’s post game thoughts.
NY Islanders 1 Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO)
The Islanders last took to the ice on Friday night and fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in OT. Thomas Greiss stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced in the loss. Lighthouse Hockey has the recap and NHL.com provides the highlights.
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not
Hot: Brian Elliott (G). Elliott has been the hot hand as of late for the Flames. Elliott is 6-0-1 in his last 7 and has allowed only 3 goals or more three times in his last 11 starts. Another major bump for Elliott is his Save % has finally made it into the .900’s. He’s currently sitting at .903% and it looks like it’ll only keep climbing from there. Elliott started in Calgary’s 2-1 OT loss to the Islanders earlier this season.
Not: Lance Bouma (F). Bouma is having a rough season and currently it’s as rough as it’s been. Bouma has only 6 points on the season and he’s gotten 2 of those 6 over his last 20. Yikes.
Hot: John Tavares (C). Tavares has been guiding the Isles lately, getting 10 points in their last 12 games. He’s gotten 4 in his last 5 and in NY’s 2-1 OT win against the Flames he had a goal and an assist.
Not: Johnny Boychuk (D). Boychuk has 4 points in his last 10 contests and has the big donut in his last 5. Boychuk didn’t register a point in the Islanders win over Calgary. He has 1 lone point in his last 5 games against the Flames.