New York Islanders @ Calgary Flames (09/17/09)


New York Islanders

Calgary Flames

Game Time: 7:00pm MST
Location: Pengrowth Saddledome (Calgary, AB)
Coverage: flames.nhl.com

Recent News:
New York lost its preseason opener on Monday in Terrace, BC to the Vancouver Canucks by a 2-1 margin. Jon Sim scored the lone Islanders goal. Wednesday night in Edmonton, the Isles lined up against the Oilers for their second preseason match up. Once again, New York would fall by a one goal differential, with Edmonton winning by a score of 3-2. John Tavares dressed for his first preseason action and was held to one shot, with no points. He was also -1 on the evening.

Meanwhile, the Flames opened up their preseason with a 4-1 loss to the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Jason Jaffray scored the lone goal for the Flames, while Matt Keetley and Leland Irving split goaltending duties. Anton Stralman looked strong on the point for Calgary.

Key Players:
New York Islanders: watch for Jon Sim to continue his strong play thus far. He is currently low on the Islanders depth chart, and fighting for a roster spot. Nathan Lawson has looked good in goal for New York. Wednesday in Edmonton he robbed Oilers star, Ales Hemsky from point blank range. It is yet to be seen whether or not he will play in Calgary as he has seen action in both of New York’s preseason games to date.

Calgary Flames: again look for Anton Stralman on the point. He was strong in his Flames preseason debut, and is fighting for a roster spot as the #7 defenseman. However, all the focus on Thursday night will fall up front in the forward ranks. Right now, it appears as though Theoren Fleury will draw into the lineup for the first time since 2002-03. He is expected to play with Daymond Langkow and Nigel Dawes as linemates. Also, look for Jay Bouwmeester to make his Flames debut, as well as Fredrik Sjostrom.

Probable Rosters:
Calgary Flames:
54 Aulie, Keith LD
60 Backlund, Mikael C
4 Bouwmeester, Jay RD
24 Conroy, Craig C
15 Dawes, Nigel LW
14 Fleury, Theoren RW
5 Giordano, Mark LD
12 Iginla, Jarome RW
38 Jaffray, Jason LW
21 Jokinen, Olli C
22 Langkow, Daymond C
3 Phaneuf, Dion RD
28 Regehr, Robyn LD
6 Sarich, Cory RD
11 Sjostrom, Fredrik RW
32 Stuart, Colin LW
42 Sutter, Brett LW
59 Van der Gulik, David LW
34 Kiprusoff, Miikka G
70 Shantz, David G

-m.o.b.

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~ by manovrboard on September 17, 2009.

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