Pregame 2/6/14: Islanders vs. Flames

The Islanders return home after a short two game road trip as the final week of play before the Olympic break continues tonight against the Calgary Flames. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season and the first time since December 2011 that they have played. The Islanders won that game 3-1 at Nassau Coliseum.

Last Time Out

Islanders (22-28-8); 52 points, last in Metropolitan: Won 1-0 on Tuesday night at on the road against the Washington Capitals.

Flames (21-28-7); 49 points, 6th in Pacific: On Tuesday they lost 2-0 on the road against the Montreal Canadians. Despite the loss on Tuesday, the Flames have won 5 of their last 6 games overall.

Key Opposing Players

Forwards

Jiri Hudler

Michael Cammalleri

Matt Stajan

Defensemen

Mark Giordano

Goaltender

Reto Berra

Islanders Key to Victory

Consistency is the key to success and the Islanders have been looking for that all season long. With the final two games before the Olympics coming up this weekend a good finish is what this team needs before play resumes later on this month with a possible playoff run still in reach. The special teams have shown signs of improvement especially the penalty kill being perfect over the past 5 games. The strong defensive play of late needs to continue and they need more scoring after only having one goal in each of their last 3 games.

Tonight’s game can be seen on MSG Plus and on the radio at 88.7 FM or 103.9 FM.

-John Santamaria

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