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Pre-Season Game Thread #4 (And #5): Flames vs. Islanders

After last night's fight-filled tilt against the Senators ended with the Flames on the losing side of things, they take on the Islanders in split squad games in Regina and Calgary tonight.

Bruce Bennett

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While the Flames now don a losing record in the pre-season thus far, last night was one of firsts for a couple of Flames prospects, as both Tyler Wotherspoon and Corban Knight scored their first NHL points.

Despite out-shooting the Sens 12-8 after the opening frame, the Flames found themselves down 1-0 heading into the middle stanza, where things began to get rough. After a penalty-filled affair, which included a fight between Brian McGrattan and Michael Sdao, who had already dropped the mitts with Matt Stajan(!) in the previous period, Cory Conacher scored to double Ottawa's advantage with just over a minute remaining in the period.

The Flames pushed back in the final frame, but could not stay out of the sin bin, and had some trouble containing odd-man rushes. Boroweicki's goal put the Sens up 3-0 just prior to the halfway mark of the period, and David Jones scored to finally get the Flames on the board just over a minute later.

It looked as if another comeback could potentially be in the works until Clark MacArthur scored to make it 4-1. With Shane O'Brien in the box for roughing, Corban Knight scored shorthanded to bring the Flames to within two, but it was too little too late.

In Calgary, TJ Galliardi will see his first action in front of the hometown crowd tonight. Here are the lines the Flames are expected to roll out to start the game in Calgary:

Curtis Glencross - Galliardi - Lee Stempniak

Paul Byron - Ben Street - Tim Jackman

Turner Elson - Markus Granlund - Coda Gordon

Lance Bouma - Roman Horak - Zack McKelvie

Dennis Wideman - Derek Smith

Chad Billins - Mark Giordano

Kris Russell - John Ramage

Joey MacDonald

The Flames will take on an experience Islanders squad in Calgary, with the likes of Kyle Okposo, Frans Neilsen, Cal Clutterbuck and Evgeni Nabokov making the trip to the Saddledome.

In Regina, Karri Ramo will get the start while Ryan Culkin is set to return to the lineup on a pairing with Patrick Sieloff.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Lubomir Vishnovsky are amongst the group that the Flames will face in Regina.

The game in Calgary will be streamed on the Flames' website.

Go Flames!