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Flames-Islanders preview

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
The Flames continue to trek through the pre-season as they head to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wednesday to meet the NY Islanders at the Credit Union Centre. After taking down the Coyotes by a score of 3-1 Tuesday night in the 'Dome the Flames remain undefeated through their four pre-season games.


Head coach Brent Sutter says that he likes the way things are working out there and even though there are still several things that are going to need tweaking as training camp continues, he sees a lot of positive things from this group.

“It’s obviously pre season but there are some things that I certainly like that we’re doing better," Sutter commented on his squad after the wi

“We got some pretty good things done tonight and that’s encouraging.”

With Henrik Karlsson getting the start and playing the full 60 minutes in Tuesday's tilt against the Coyotes, either Leland Irving or Miikka Kiprusoff will be to be between the pipes in front of the Saskatchewan fans in the neutral city.

The Flames will not be dressing their top line of Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen.

As T.J Brodie continues to shine during training camp, he hopes to keep the ball rolling and make things happen on the ice  Wednesday night. Brodie has three goals in four games.

Other notable young guns who are likely to see more ice time tonight in Saskatoon are Mikael Backlund, Jon Rheault, Greg Nemisz, John Armstrong and Cam Cunning.


Veteran defenseman and Saskatchewan native Cory Sarich will be in the lineup in his home town. He says he's very excited to come back and play in front of the great Saskachewan hockey fans.

"It'll be nice to give them a little taste of hockey," Sarich said on playing in front of Saskatoon fans. "They get their fill of junior hockey but at this level it'll be exciting for everybody."

They're usually pretty good match ups between those guys (Islanders). Not a lot of familiar faces from either side as we don't see each other a lot but it should be a good tilt."

Here is the probable roster for tonight's game in Saskatoon:

Armstrong
Backlund
Brodie
Conroy
Cunning
Giordano
Glencross
Hagman
Ivanans
Jackman
Kotalik
Kronwall
Meyer
Moss
Nemisz
Pardy
Pelech
Rheault
Sarich
White
Irving
Kiprusoff

As for the Islanders, they are just beginning their pre-season action tonight due to the cancelled China Training Camp. The Islanders have a split squad game tonight with half of their team heading to Philadelphia.

Heading to Saskatoon to face the Flames will be, among others, John Tavares, Rob Schremp, Blake Comeau, Josh Bailey, James Wisniewski, and Mark Eaton. It’s expected that Rick DiPietro will play.

Fifth overall pick Nino Niederrieter will see his first NHL action tonight, skating on a line with Bailey and Schremp.


The Islanders line up for tonight should look something like this:

Forwards:

57 Blake Comeau, 91 John Tavares, 15 PA Parenteau

12 Josh Bailey, 44 Rob Schremp, 25 Nino Niederreiter

17 Matt Martin, 45 David Ullstrom, 7 Trent Hunter

14 Trevor Gillies, 28 Zenon Konopka, 49 Rhett Rakhshani

Defense:

4 Mark Eaton, 20 James Wisniewski

47 Andrew MacDonald, 24 Radek Martinek

3 Calvid de Haan, 27 Milan Jurcina

Goalies:

39 Rick DiPietro

1 Mikko Koskinen


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