NEW YORK -- New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome will return to the lineup Monday against the Calgary Flames (7 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG+) after being a healthy scratch Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.
It's the second time in three NHL seasons he's been a healthy scratch.
"It [ticks] me off," Strome said Monday. "There's no other way to put it. You never want to be in that situation. You want to be out there helping your team and you think that you can help your team.
"Yeah, I'm upset. I'm [ticked] off. But I think I'm a good teammate and I'm happy for the guys last game. Now my job is to come back and help try and get a win. I think it's an opportunity and another chance to prove yourself and play with a little more fire."
Islanders (5-2-1) coach Jack Capuano said Saturday was more about wanting to get right wing Steve Bernier into the lineup than it was a reflection on Strome's play. Strome, the Islanders' first-round pick (No. 5) at the 2011 NHL Draft, has one goal and four assists in seven games this season.
"He's been on track," Capuano said. "Obviously he's produced points for us, but going into St. Louis we wanted to change the lines up a little bit and in back-to-back games we wanted to get [Steve] Bernier in there as well.
"I had a good talk with Ryan. He's still a young player so he'll be fine."
The Flames (2-6-0) didn't skate Monday. Joni Ortio is expected to start in goal.
Here are the projected lineups:
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler
Joe Colborne - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Derek Grant - Sam Bennett - Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - David Jones
Mark Giordano - Dennis Wideman
Kris Russell - Deryk Engelland
Ladislav Smid - Dougie Hamilton
Injured: TJ Brodie (hand), Lance Bouma (leg), Michael Ferland (sprained knee)
Scratched: Mason Raymond, Jakub Nakladal
Nikolay Kulemin - John Tavares - Ryan Strome
Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey - Mikhail Grabovski - Brock Nelson
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait - Marek Zidlicky
Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body)
Scratched: Steve Bernier, Jean-Francois Berube
Status report: Ortio played his first game Sunday against the New York Rangers, stopping all five shots he saw in 7:59 of ice time. … Hickey was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a lower-body injury sustained Saturday and will be out "for a little while," according to Capuano. Newsday reported Hickey could be out for a month. He had returned Oct. 17 from a lower-body injury sustained during the preseason. He has two goals in four games. Zidlicky, a healthy scratch at St. Louis, will replace Hickey in the lineup. … Capuano said he's not sure if Lee will play on the top line with Tavares and Strome.
Who's hot: Gaudreau had an assist Sunday, extending his point streak to three games; he has five assists during that span. … Hudler has one goal and two assists in the past two games. … Tavares has four goals and six assists during a six-game point streak, and leads the Islanders with 11 points. … Bailey has points in back-to-back games for the first time this season.