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Islanders to keep eye on Flames' transition game

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:16 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Islanders to keep eye on Flames' transition game

Despite sitting near the bottom of their respective divisions, the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders will enter their game Thursday at Nassau Coliseum playing solid hockey recently.

The Flames had a five-game win streak snapped Tuesday in a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders have won two of their past three, including a 1-0 shutout of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

It will be the first time the teams have played since Dec. 29, 2011. Islanders coach Jack Capuano said he's been impressed with what he’s seen of the Flames on video.

"They obviously have a back end that transitions real well with [Dennis] Wideman, [TJ] Brodie, [Kris] Russell and [Mark] Giordano," Capuano told the Islanders website. "They get up in the play and we will see that [Thursday]. … So I wouldn't particularly say it’s just one guy they've got. Like every other system they want that fourth man attacking and they'll have that [Thursday]."

Here are the projected lineups:

FLAMES

Jiri Hudler - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak

Michael Cammalleri - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne

Lance Bouma - Matt Stajan - David Jones

Kevin Westgarth - TJ Galiardi - Brian McGrattan

TJ Brodie - Mark Giordano

Kris Russell - Chris Butler

Ladislav Smid - Dennis Wideman

Reto Berra

Joni Ortio

Scratched: Paul Byron, Christopher Breen

Injured: Karri Ramo (knee), Curtis Glencross (lower body)

ISLANDERS

Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Cal Clutterbuck

Josh Bailey - Brock Nelson - Colin McDonald

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Eric Boulton

Brian Strait - Andrew MacDonald

Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Calvin de Haan - Matt Donovan

Evgeni Nabokov

Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Matt Carkner, Radek Martinek

Injured: Travis Hamonic (concussion)

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