What if there were a game where all the players were wearing skates?
In the NHL’s upcoming season opener on Wednesday night, the Calgary Flames will be facing off against the New York Islanders in their final regular season game of the 2017-18 campaign.
The Islanders have yet to find the back of the net on the season but have found the back end of the game against the Calgary team to be their Achilles heel.
Last night, a goal was scored by defenseman Cody Hodgson that put the Islanders ahead.
This will be the first time the Islanders have faced a Flames team in a game since the 2010-11 season when the Islanders defeated Calgary 3-2 in a shootout.
“They are a pretty good team,” Flames forward Cody Hodgkson said.
“They’ve got a good group of guys that have been around the league for a while.
You look at the way they play, the way their defense is.
I don’t think we have been playing a lot of puck possession.
But you look at what they did tonight, and they played some great hockey.”
Last season, Calgary defeated the Islanders 5-2, with the Flames holding a five-game lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Wednesday’s game.
Injuries to the Flames’ forward group are a concern heading into the game.
Right wing Mikael Backlund is expected to miss the first four games of the season, as well as defenseman Drew Stafford.
Backlund will miss the final two games of Calgary’s schedule as well.
The Flames have also recalled forward Andrew Ference from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
Ference has six points (three goals, three assists) in six games this season.