NY Islanders (30-22-11) at Calgary (35-26-4)
When: Sunday, March 5th 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Time: 4:05 ET | TV: MSG Plus, Sportsnet West
The red-hot Calgary Flames will host the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon in hopes of keeping their momentum for a playoff run. The Flames will look for their seventh straight victory, but first in six meetings with the Islanders. Calgary’s recent run has surged them seven points in front of ninth place St. Louis in the Western Conference and just two points out of second place in the Pacific Division. The Flames won Friday for the the NHL-best 17th time when giving up the first goal and improved to a league-best 25-0-1 when leading after two periods. Mikael Backlund (club-most 46 points) and Sean Monahan (41) share the team lead in goals with 20 while Monahan recorded his 100th career assist and 200th point. Goalie Brian Elliott is 9-1-1 with a .925 save percentage in starting 11 of the last 14 games after beginning the season 8-12-2. Kris Versteeg (11 goals) scored for the first time in 11 games Friday while rookie Matthew Tkachuk (12) also lit the lamp on Friday and has two goals and six assists in his last eight games. The Flames are doing all this winning without any success on the power play recently, going 2-for-28 with the man advantage over the last 10 games. Calgary will get three days rest before hosting Montreal on Thursday.
The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss in Chicago on Friday, allowing the tying goal with 1:14 left in regulation, but hold the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after winning four of their last six contests. New York prevailed 2-1 in overtime on November 28th in the first of two meetings this season on defenseman Thomas Hickey’s goal, marking their fourth 2-1 victory over Calgary during the winning streak. New York is 3-1-1 on its season-high nine-game road trip with captain John Tavares (team-high 53 points) registering two goals and two assists during the trip. Tavares shares the club lead with 23 goals alongside Anders Lee, who has scored once in the last seven games after recording five in the previous seven. Josh Bailey (12 goals, 44 points) has a goal and four assists in the last five games while Brock Nelson scored once and assisted on three others during that stretch. The Islanders will visit Edmonton, Vancouver, and St. Louis to end the road swing.
The Flames are playing too well to go against right now and the Islanders are in the middle of grueling road trip. Calgary snaps their losing streak against the Islanders at home today.
Pick: Flames -135
HEAD TO HEAD
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