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Morning Skate Updates: 2/27/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak gets the start in goal tonight against the Flames. Halak is 32-13-0 this season and is on the cusp of setting a new Islanders’ single-season wins record. Halak made 22 saves in a 2-1 win over the Flames on Jan. 2.

Nielsen In:
Frans Nielsen will play tonight for the Islanders.

Lineup: The Islanders are going with the same lineup from Tuesday's game.

Projected Lines:
27 Anders Lee 91 John Tavares 12 josh bailey
51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
86 Nikolay Kulemin
29 Brock Nelson 15 Cal clutterbuck

Where/When: The Islanders host the Flames at Nassau Coliseum tonight at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on MSG+2.

Alberta Boys: Calgary native Thomas Hickey is set to face his hometown team tonight, while Edmonton natives Johnny Boychuk and Kael Mouillierat are set to play against their hometown rivals.

Hickey: Moreso when we are playing in Calgary, but it’s always special to play against your hometown team. The game is broadcast and your friends are going to be watching back home, so it’s always a boost.

Kael Mouillierat on the Battle of Alberta: It’s a pretty big rivalry, the games were always intense and emotional, it didn’t matter where the team’s were in the standings. Even Edmonton and Calgary kids didn’t get along too well.

Vs. the Flames: The Islanders are 3-1-0 in their last four games against the Flames on Long Island.

Giordano Out: Flames captain Mark Giordano will not play in tonight’s game after suffering an undisclosed injury Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils. The Flames called up Tyler Wotherspoon this morning.

Ramo Starts: Karri Ramo will start in goal tonight for the Flames. Ramo started back-to-back games earlier this week, allowing two goals over that span.

Back-to-Back: The Islanders kick off a back-to-back set tonight before facing the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. The Isles are 7-3-1 in the front-end and 8-3-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.

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