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Calgary Flames vs New York Islanders Preview 2/25/2016 (59/82)

The Islanders make their only trip to the Saddledome this season to take on the Flames Thursday night.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NY Islanders @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNF, MS+2, RSNW, SN West
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames welcome the Islanders to Alberta for their only visit to the Stampede City this season. The Islanders come into this contest tied for 5th in the Eastern Conference with 71 points and are 4-0 in their last 4 games against Western Conference opponents. NY is 17-26-11 against the Flames at the Dome, but are 2-1 in their last 3 visits West. The Flames are struggling as the trade deadline approaches having lost 4 of their last 5 games, all to Western Conference opponents. Calgary has an 11-12 record against the East this season, with one of those losses a 4-0 shut out at the hands of the Islanders back in October. The goalie that game? Joni Ortio. Thursday night Ortio has a chance at redemption and a chance to gain more confidence in bench boss Bob Hartley. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames NY Islanders
26-29-3 Record 32-19-7
55 Points 71
6th Pacific Division 3rd Metropolitan
11th West Conference 5th East (tie)
4-6 Last 10 Games 6-4
159 Goals For 164
180 Goals Against 142
Gaudreau (22) Goals Tavares (23)
Gaudreau (58) Points Tavares (49)
Ramo (.909) SV % Greiss (.930)
29th (16.0%) PP 11th (19.9%)
30th (73.2%) PK 1st (87.2)

The Flames struggles against the West continued Tuesday night as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the LA Kings. Joni Ortio was magnificent in his first start since being called up. He stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss. Jiri Hudler continued his hot play by picking up an assist on Calgary's lone goal. Here's the highlights:

The Islanders last skated on Tuesday night and took down the Minnesota Wild 4-1. Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 of 31 shots and Frans Nielsen scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season to pace the Islanders. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Joe Colborne Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Sam Bennett David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Lance Bouma
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Tyler Wotherspoon
Goalies
Jonas Hiller Joni Ortio (s)

Scratches: Josh Jooris, Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: Kris RussellKarri RamoLadislav Smid

NY Islanders Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Josh Bailey John Tavares Ryan Strome
Nikolay Kulemin Frans Nielsen Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Steve Bernier
Left Defense Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Travis Hamonic Brian Strait
Thomas Hickey Marek Zidlicky
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak (s) Thomas Greiss

Scratches: None

Injuries: Calvin de Haan, Mikhail Grabovski