Flames hope for more sparks against Islanders

NY Islanders (12-25-4) at Calgary (24-12-4), 9:00 p.m. EST

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — A torrid stretch by Daymond Langkow
has helped the Calgary Flames catch fire.

Eyeing their seventh win in eight tries, the Flames hope for
more offensive production from Langkow when they host the lowly
New York Islanders on Thursday.

The Flames have been one of the NHL’s hottest teams since
losing, 6-1, to the San Jose Sharks on November 13. They have
gone 15-4-3 since, and kept up their strong play with an
impressive outing against the Sharks in a 5-2 win on Tuesday.

Calgary had its season-high, five-game winning streak come to an
end with a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Its recent surge can be traced to the prowess of Langkow, who
has scored in three straight contests and is riding a six-game
points streak. The center tallied twice in the victory over San
Jose and is tied with Michael Cammalleri with 14 goals on the
season, good for second on the team – behind captain Jarome
Iginla’s 18.

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The Islanders, whose road woes continued in a 3-2 loss to the
Edmonton Oilers on Monday, are winless in their last 13 games
away from home (0-12-1) and have the fewest regulation wins and
points in the NHL.

Their last victory as visitors came in a 4-3 shootout win over
the Montreal Canadiens on November 24.

New York has notched just two victories since beating the Ottawa
Senators, 4-2, at home on November 29.