By: DAVID KOLB
CALGARY FLAMES (10-13-1) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (6-10-4)
HOME SWEET HOME
The Islanders return tonight from a three-game West Coast trip to face the Calgary Flames at Barclays Center. The Islanders hope home-ice will help change their season’s momentum, as they went 1-2-0 during their California road trip and are now 2-4-4 in their last ten contests.
Tonight’s game is the final tilt in the Flames’ six-game road trip, as the Flames have gone 3-2-0 during this stretch. Calgary lost last night in Philadelphia against the Flyers, and look as if they could possibly arrive in Brooklyn road-weary, and ripe for the taking.
Isles’ defenseman Nick Leddy scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Friday’s 3-2 loss to San Jose. Leddy continues to anchor the Islanders’ blueline, as he has three points in his past three games and currently leads all Islanders’ defensemen with ten points (four goals, six assists).
GREISS BACK IN
The Isles have swept the Flames in each of the last two seasons (4-0-0), as Jaroslav Halak has been in goal for all four wins, allowing only three goals in those four contests. Surprisingly however, after starting on Friday in San Jose, coach Jack Capuano announced this morning that Thomas Greiss will be the starter tonight between the pipes for the Isles.
Isles’ forward Anders Lee followed up his two-goal night last Wednesday against the Kings with another goal Friday in San Jose, giving him three goals in the past two games. If Lee’s scoring, which was virtually non-existent in the first quarter of the season, can become consistent, the Islanders will be in a lot better shape offensively the rest of the way.