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Islanders to keep eye on Flames' transition game

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:16 PM

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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:


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)


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)

Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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