The Islanders practiced in Banff, Alberta on Saturday morning, skating in the Canadian Rockies before busing to Calgary for Sunday's tilt with the Flames.
The big news out of Saturday's practice was Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier swapping places, with Ladd returning to the second line with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. Ladd played with Barzal and Eberle from late October before suffering an injury in early January.
Beauvillier got hot in Ladd's spot and had played with the Barzal line for the past two months, while Ladd largely played with Brock Nelson on the third line. Beauvillier practiced with Nelson and Tanner Fritz on Saturday.
The Isles team trip to Banff was due to having two days after playing the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. The team worked on special teams, three-on-three and held a shootout on Friday and held a more standard practice on Saturday.
"We haven't had two [straight] days of practice in over two months so this was an opportunity for five-on-four, full ice, four-on-five, full ice, clears, draws, taking correct shifts," Head Coach Doug Weight said on Friday. "We approached it like you have to approach it. It's a positive attitude, it's energy to feed the team and we played it like a game, we played hard."
"We're not where we want to be and like I said, we need to have a positive attitude we have to work our butts off, the guys worked hard, they competed against each other and now go have a nice relaxing day," Weight said. "We just have to win. We have to beat Calgary, we have to beat Washington twice and get yourself back into the conversation to start scaring some people and we've been right there."
The team took advantage of some time in Banff, taking in the breathtaking scenery after a hard day of work on Friday.