Though CDC studies are inconclusive, some rogue scientists believe the Martinek Injury Bug can be spread through physical contact.
***Post-game UPDATE: Flyers 3, Isles B 1 | Flames 3, Isles A 2. Announcers said Roloson was great in Philly, DiPietro was so-so in Saskatoon (he made a puckhandling overplay that led to Kotalik's goal). Scorers included Calvin de Haan on the PP, Gillies on a tip of Zenon, and Kolanos up in Philly. See the comments for reports and discussion from those who listened/read.
Yay! The NHL Network decided that rather than see tonight's Islanders-Flyers quasi-game, Americans would rather watch (yet another) Toronto-Ottawa preseason quasi-battle.
Not that the Flyers-Isles match is the "good" one among tonight's split-squad games: The Flyers at home may have names like Richards, Hartnell, Zherdev, Carcillo and Shelley (too many names on that list, so surely some won't dress), which should make for potential slaughter against the Isles invite squad. And thus we continue the lovely NHL preseason tradition where the home team dresses some stars for fans, and the visiting team has its figurative or literal half-squad. Or less.
While you can't watch the Flyers game [Philly radio feed is here], you can follow along some play-by-play for both games from Isles PR staff by going to Twitter and following the #isles, #vsphi and #vscgy hashtags. (Pretty sure you can do that even if you don't have a Twitter account.) Also check for radio or official Flam/yers site streams. The Flames-Isles game in Saskatoon -- the one with the good lineup -- will be televised on NHL Network on delay at 4 a.m. and 10 a.m., once enough Leafs reruns have been shown. I'm considering waking up for that first airing, which is really stupid -- but I'm nothing if not stupid.
If you hear, read or feel like discussing updates for either game, this is the thread.
Islanders vs. Calgary in Saskatoon
As I predicted, no Jerome Iginla in the Flames lineup after playing last night at home. Here's who the Isles say will be on the ice:
57 Blake Comeau, 91 John Tavares, 15 PA Parenteau
12 Josh Bailey, 44 Rob Schremp, 25 Nino Niederreiter
17 Matt Martin, 45 David Ullstrom, 7 Trent Hunter
14 Trevor Gillies, 28 Zenon Konopka, 49 Rhett Rakhshani
4 Mark Eaton, 20 James Wisniewski
47 Andrew MacDonald, 24 Radek Martinek
3 Calvid de Haan, 27 Milan Jurcina
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mikko Koskinen
Islanders vs. Flyers
Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Dwayne Roloson gets the start while Manny Legace looks longingly across the ice at the spot where Michael Leighton normally stands. Here were the contenders for playing time in Philly (Gervais and Weight are definitely out):
26 Matt Moulson – 51 Frans Nielsen – 29 Krys Kolanos
11 Andy Hilbert – 40 Rob Hisey – 16 Jon Sim
58 Jesse Joensuu – 18 Jed Ortmeyer – 37 Dean McAmmond
81 Justin DiBenedetto – 50 Tomas Marcinko – 59 Michael Haley
54 Tony Romano – 33 Jeremy Yablonski
38 Jack Hillen – 6 Anders Eriksson
42 Dylan Reese – 36 Travis Hamonic
71 Mark Katic – 48 Anton Klementyev
30 Dwayne Roloson
34 Manny Legace