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Preview: Flames at Islanders

Calgary looking to bounce back after loss Sunday; New York trying to close standings gap

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

FLAMES (10-13-1) at ISLANDERS (6-10-4)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, SNW, NHL.TV

 

Flames team scope

Calgary Flames center Mark Jankowski, the 21st pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut. He is the grandson of Lou Jankowski, who played 127 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks from 1953-55 and later worked as a scout for the New York Rangers. His uncle, Ryan Jankowski, is a former New York Islanders assistant general manager and currently is the head scout for Hockey Canada. "It's pretty cool. I'm pretty excited about this," Mark told the Flames website. "I've just got to go out there and play a smart, simple game and just help the team win. I'm definitely pretty excited. A little nerves, but I think once I actually get on the ice, those will subside and I'll realize it's just hockey, just another hockey game and just try to get into the feel of the game." It's the finale of the Flames' six-game road trip, during which they are 3-2-0. Calgary is coming off a 5-3 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, which defenseman Mark Giordano labeled "our worst game in a while here." The Flames did not have a morning skate.

 

Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders return home after going 1-2-0 on their trip to California, which ended with a 3-2 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Friday. New York is at the bottom of the NHL standings with 16 points through 20 games. "To be honest I don't really know where all the points sit," captain John Tavares said. "Obviously I know we're not up in the standings with the results we've got. It's no secret with the way this stretch has gone, we've got to find a way to get some points and some wins and obviously close the gap. Obviously there's a quarter of the season done, three quarters left, so there's still a lot of hockey left to be played."

 

Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sean Monahan -- Troy Brouwer

Sam Bennett -- Matt Stajan -- Alex Chiasson

Michael Ferland -- Mark Jankowski -- Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Dennis Wideman

Brett Kulak -- Deryk Engelland

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Hunter Shinkaruk, Freddie Hamilton, Jyrki Jokipakka

Injured: Johnny Gaudreau (finger), Lance Bouma (upper body), Ladislav Smid (neck)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Josh Bailey -- John Tavares -- Anthony Beauvillier

Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Shane Prince

Andrew Ladd -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Anders Lee -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Jaroslav Halak, Scott Mayfield, Ryan Strome

Injured: Ryan Pulock (lower body), Dennis Seidenberg (upper body)

 

Status report

Strome, the fifth player selected at the 2011 NHL Draft who had 50 points in 2014-15, will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game. "I thought I had a couple of good games in a row there going," said Strome, who had been promoted to the top line 12 days ago. "But you've got to find consistency every game. Obviously right now I guess I'm the odd-man out. I don't really have any answers so I don't really know what to say. It is what it is. Hopefully we can win the game and get this ship going in the right direction. Hopefully I can help out when I get the opportunity." Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who said the three games on the West Coast were New York's best this season, doesn't foresee Strome, who has two goals and four assists in 19 games, sitting out much longer. "He's got to just continue to work hard," Capuano said. "He's got a couple of goals, he's an offensive guy for us that hasn't produced offensively. Those games that we just played that he wasn't in the lineup, we played well. He's going to be back in there at some point, but we just came off a really good hockey game and we don't want to change where we're at with the amount of scoring chances that each line had in that particular game." Seidenberg and Pulock skated Monday morning but are not ready to play. Capuano said it's possible Pulock could go to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League for conditioning once he's medically cleared. … Elliott will start in goal Monday, one night after Johnson faced 43 shots in Philadelphia.

 

Who's hot

Chiasson has scored in back-to-back games, Brodie has a goal and two assists in the past two games. Tkachuk has scored twice in the past four. … Lee has three goals in the past two games and Leddy has a goal and two assists in the past three.

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