The New York Islanders (7-5-0) are back at home as they kick off the first of a back-to-back Monday night against a Calgary Flames (5-4-1) team that has dropped their last four contests. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM ET at UBS Arena.
The Islanders just finished off their third road trip of the season, going 2-1-0 after two wins against the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, followed by a shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
“I thought there was areas where we really played well, played the way we wanted to play,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said. “And so, you know, from that standpoint, there was a lot of positives on that road trip. Of course, we would have liked [to win] all three of them, but we didn’t get it.”
Ilya Sorokin was the first goaltender off the ice at Islanders morning skate. He will get the nod against the Calgary Flames as that lines up for Semyon Varlamov to face the New York Rangers Tuesday night on the second of the back-to-back.
Ross Johnston, Nikita Soshnikov, and Robin Salo stayed out following morning skate, along with Semyon Varlamov.
Robin Salo was reassigned to Bridgeport (AHL) Sunday morning and played in their afternoon game, a 1-0 loss to the Providence Bruins.
Here’s what Bridgeport Islanders head coach Brent Thompson had to say about Salo’s performance:
“We’re excited to have him here, and he got to play, and I thought he did a good job. He moved the puck. He competed hard. He stepped right in, and it was a playoff-type game tonight, and he was a solid force for us back there.”
As for the Calgary Flames, they have dropped four straight games and have been outscored 17-10.
Jakob Markstrom (4-2-1, 2.84 GAA, .900 SV%) is expected to get the start in goal against the Islanders.
Per radio broadcaster Pat Steinberg, defenseman Michael Stone has been placed on injury reserve. Nick DeSimone and Dennis Gilbert have been recalled from the AHL.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Josh Bailey — Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Nikita Soshnikov
Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield
CALGARY FLAMES LINES (PROJECTED)
#Flames morning skate vs. New Jersey
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) November 5, 2022
*Expect DeSimone to slot in on the third defensive pairing.
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Calgary Flames in the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was February 12 in Calgary.
The Islanders hosted the Flames in their first-ever game at UBS Arena last year on November 20, 2021.
The Islanders return home tonight after a three-game road trip last week, where they collected two wins against Western Conference opponents.
Both clubs enter tonight’s game on the front end of a back-to-back series: the Islanders face the Rangers tomorrow night, and the Flames will visit the Devils.
DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Calgary Flames? You can get the Islanders at +105, -245 on the reverse puck line. The Flames are the road favorite at -125 on the money line and +205 on the puck line.
The over for the contest is 6, with the over at -105.
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HOW TO WATCH
Monday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.