After picking up a statement victory in their last game, the New York Islanders (22-17-12) open their doors to the visiting Calgary Flames (24-22-5) for a matinee matchup at UBS Arena. Here’s what you need to know before puck drop.
Romanov Status TBD:
Alexander Romanov sat for the final 10:14 of the Islanders’ win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. On Friday, he was missing from team practice. Islanders head coach Patrick Roy says Romanov will be a game-time decision today against the Flames.
Last Time Out:
Since he took over as the head coach of the Islanders, Patrick Roy has stressed togetherness and made it clear he wants the team to play as a unit. On Thursday against the Lightning, Roy’s vision came to fruition as six Islanders scored in a 6-2 statement win.
In a year that’s been anything but hot, the Calgary Flames are beginning to heat as they arrive on Long Island having won three straight games, including a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Nevertheless, plenty of trade rumors a swirling around the Flames as they’re expected to be one of the biggest sellers at this year’s deadline.
As for the version of the Flames the Islanders will face today, Nazem Kadri is their leading point scorer, while Blake Coleman and Yegor Sharangovich share the team lead in goals.
Calgary’s starter in net is yet to be determined.
Jacob Markstrom has started three straight games for the Flames. He owns a record of 16-13-2 in 31 starts with a 2.56 GAA and a .914 save percentage. It’s also plausible that Dustin Wolf could get the start this afternoon after being called up yesterday from the AHL.
The Flames own the NHL’s 28th-ranked power play (14.5%) and the third-ranked penalty kill (84.3%)
In their prior matchup this season, the Islanders defeated the Flames 5-4 in a shootout on Nov. 18 in Calgary.
How To Watch:
Puck drop between the Islanders and Flames from UBS Arena is scheduled for just past 1 p.m. EST. The game is available to watch on MSGSN or streamed MSG Plus on ESPN Plus for out-of-market viewers. 88.7 FM WRHU will produce the radio feed of the game, which can also be heard on 98.7 FM ESPN or 103.9 FM WRCN.