Islanders Cannot Let Flames Rise At The Coliseum

The Islanders take on the Calgary Flames tonight at the Coliseum. The Flames have a record of 18-15-4 and they take on the Islanders squad of 11-17-6.

The Islanders have announced that Evgeni Nabokov will be starting in net tonight and Nilsson would be backing him up. For the Flames, veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is between the pipes.

Here are the offensive lines for the Isles tonight:

Moulson - Tavares - Okposo

Rolston - Nielsen - Parenteau

Grabner - Bailey - Martin

Wallace - Reasoner - Niederreiter

The Isles need to come straight out of the gate tonight attacking. Kiprusoff is a veteran goaltender and comes up big when he needs to, so putting the puck on net and creating scoring chances are a must in this game. 

There is a connection between these two teams. Firstly, it's Islanders defenseman Steve Staios, who played for the Flames during the 2009-2010 season and the 2010-2011 season. For the Flames it's Tim Jackman, who played for the Islanders from 2008-2010. Jackman will be playing his first game back at the Coliseum tonight.

And let's not forget about Blake Comeau. Comeau returns against his former team who put him on waivers earlier this season. He has two goals and three assists this season with the Flames.

The Islanders always have exciting matchups against the Flames and tonight should be no different. The Islanders need these two points and they cannot afford to slump lower in the standings.

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Comments

Rob McGowan's picture

It will be fun getting to see Comeau back on the ice. I wonder if the fans will hit him with a lot of boo's or if they will be indifferent. I'm going to guess he's not going to feel very welcomed back into the building, although I am sure a lot of his former teammates are looking forward to seeing him. He's probably going to play the best he's played all year tonight, but the Isles will have to focus on their game and not worry about his.