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Preview: Calgary Flames @ NY Islanders 2/26/19 (63/82): Flames Go For Six Straight

The Flames can win their 6th straight game, but life isn’t always easy when they visit the Islanders.

NHL: Calgary Flames at New York Islanders Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ NY Islanders, 5 PM MT, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY

TV: SNW

Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 39-16-7 (85 pts) - NY Islanders 36-18-7 (79 pts)

NHL Standings

The Flames second game of a three game road trips sees them visiting the NY Islanders Tuesday night. Calgary has been one of the NHL’s best lately, having won five in a row. The Flames are the top team in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference, holding leads of three points over the San Jose Sharks in both the division and conference. Calgary spent Monday’s trade deadline making phones calls, but in the end the prices appeared to be too rich for the Flames’ blood and they made only one minor deal. Calgary added LA defenceman Oscar Fantenberg for some depth on the blue line, but that was it for Calgary on the day.

Not much has really changed for the Islanders since these two last met with NY going 1-1-0 in their two game since losing to the Flames 4-2 back on February 20th. The Islanders took the trade deadline in stride and did absolutely nothing. NY, much like Calgary, accessed the trade market and the prices involved and decided to keep their team as is. Can you blame NY? The Islanders have been the surprise of the 2018-19 season with their solid defence and spectacular goaltending. If ain’t broke, why try and fix it?

As we mentioned before the Flames took the only meeting of these teams this season 4-2 at the Saddledome last week. Calgary hasn’t played well over the years when visiting the Islanders, owning a 19-31-9 record when visiting the island. In their last eight visits to the Islanders home rink the Flames are 2-6-0.

Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)

Flames: Smith (E): 18-11-2, 2.95 GAA, .895 Save%

Islanders: Lehner (E): 19-9-5, 2.07 GAA, .931 Save%

Team Leaders

Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (30), Points- Gaudreau (79), PIM- Bennett (81), Save%- Rittich (.912)

Islanders: Goals- Lee (21), Points- Barzal (51), PIM- Lee (54), Save%- Lehner (.931)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

NY Islanders Coverage: Lighthouse Hockey

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 2 - Ottawa Senators 1

NY Islanders 4 - Vancouver Canucks 0

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Czarnik (C): 6G - 4A, 4 goals in last 5 games

NY Islanders

NHL: New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Bailey (F): 13G - 33A, 6 points in last 5 games