Scotiabank Saddledome -- Calgary, AB
TV: MSG Plus 2 Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Flames... Calgary enters tonight's game on a four game winning streak.The Flames have beat the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers twice in that span... The Flames are 11-6-2 at the Saddledome this season... Jiri Hudler holds the Flames lead in points (37) and goals (13)... John Gaudreau was named the NHL's rookie of the month for December. Gaudreau has 12 goals and 18 assists in 38 games. [/sny-box]
The Islanders ended 2014 with a win and they would like to kick off 2015 with one.
To do that they will have to beat the streaking Calgary Flames. This will be the first of two meetings between the Islanders and Flames. Last season Calgary swept the season series against the Isles, but New York is 5-3-0 in their last eight games against the Flames.
Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Islanders and the Flames will start Jonas Hiller. The rest of the Isles' lineup will remain the same as it was on New Year's Eve.
Tonight will be a homecoming of sorts for Thomas Hickey. He will return to his native Calgary for the second time as a member of the Islanders.
"I think this will be my fourth game here [including juniors]," Hickey told the Islanders website. "Over nine years that’s not a lot, so it’s special every time I come back. It’s nice that we get to spend a couple of days here too, see some family and friends."
Below is the Islanders' projected lineup:
Josh Bailey – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee – Frans Nielsen – Ryan Strome
Mikhail Grabovski – Brock Nelson – Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal ClutterbuckNick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan – Travis Hamonic
Lubomir Visnovsky – Thomas Hickey