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Four is nice. Five is better.
As the Calgary Flames continue their climb back into playoff contention, they will be looking for their fifth consecutive win tonight against the New York Islanders. The Flames have won four straight and find themselves six points back of a playoff spot heading into tonight's action.
Henrik Karlsson will get the start in net against the Islanders.
"He is a big goalie. He is a blocker," said defenceman Robyn Regehr. "We want him to be in there and be relaxed. It's tough being a back-up goalie. You have to be ready at any time. You have to work extra at practices. He has worked for us and we want to work for him tonight."
Regehr said the Flames game is very close to where they want it to be.
"I think we are playing a solid overall game," said Regehr. "We're trying to put pressure on teams up front and get back as quickly as possible. And I think another key has been the penalty kill."
The Flames penalty kill has been very good in the last four games allowing just two goals on 16 opportunities. They have not allowed a power play goal the last two games.
The Islanders recently dealt veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning. That means that Rick DiPietro, whose career has been plagued by injuries, will start shouldering most of the goaltending duties. Dipietro is 2-0 against the Flames in his career.
The Islanders are a little like the Flames -- their record isn't great, but they are on a bit of a roll.
The Islanders have five wins in their last six games and in their two previous games, beat Pittsburgh in a shootout and Detroit in overtime.
NOTES: This is game 3,000 for the Flames franchise...Of those games 2,363 have been played by Calgary and 636 by the Atlanta Flames. The Flames record as a franchise in Calgary is 1,109 -914-340. The Islanders back-up goalie is Calgary's Nathan Lawson. The 27-year-old played with the Calgary Royals in midget and later with Olds (AJHL) and the University of Alaska Anchorage...Flames D Mark Giordano blocked 10 shots against the Oilers on Saturday. He is now second in the NHL in blocked shots...
FLAMES SCRATCHES: Based on the line rush combinations from the morning, it would appear Craig Conroy will be a healthy scratch. The Flames assigned F Mikael Backlund to Abbotsford (AHL) and sent D Brednan Mikkelson to Abbotsford on a conditoning stint on Sunday. Daymond Langkow (neck); Raitis Ivanans (head) and Steve Staios (shoulder) are out with injuries.
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