New York Islanders at Calgary Flames
9 p.m. EDT | [Corporation of some sort] Saddledome
Watch: Live stream at Flames official site and nhl.com
Update: Still no lineup for tonight, but when it is out, you can bet it will be here. The Isles need to worry about being run out of the building by a pretty NHL-like Flames lineup tonight.
The Flames are playing in front of their home fans, debuting big summer signing Jay Bouwmeester, welcoming back fan-favorite Theo Fleury, and dressing a fairly competitive lineup. Expect an atmosphere. If the Islanders' job aspirants want to make a good impression, tonight would be a good time.
A lot of teams have made roster cuts already -- at least with juniors, plus a former Islander: Shawn Bates is gone from Colorado, though Dave Scatchard and Mark Parrish remain in Vacouver. The Islanders, to this point, have not made cuts. (Given my luck, that means they'll announce cuts right after I hit "publish" on this post.) But if you saw Calvin de Haan last night versus Edmonton, you don't want them to make cuts yet: The dreamer in you probably got a taste of why they moved up to draft him, and why he might stick around in camp awhile.
Speculating here, but the Islanders might be trying to get through this stretch of four games in four nights (including the rookie game Tuesday) to get everyone a look before making the inevitable reassignments.
This will be the official post for tonight's game, so I'll update it as events warrant. No roster yet, but if you see one, do post in comments. (I'd keep an eye on beat reporter Katie Strang's Newsday blog.) Obviously no Sean Bergenheim or Doug Weight thanks to the official launch of Groin Injury Watch. But I'd expect a lot of new faces who weren't in the lineup last night. Nathan Lawson got the full game last night; will it be our own "monster" Mikko Koskinen's turn for a debut tonight?