New York Islanders at Calgary Flames, 9:00pm ET
Calgary, AB and Regina, SK
The Islanders are in Canada today for split-squad games with the Calgary Flames, both games taking place at 9pm eastern tonight. One half of the roster will face off against half of the Flames in Regina, Saskatchewan and the other halves of the teams will play in the newly mended Saddledome in Calgary.
In June the Elbow River, which runs right through the middle of Calgary, flooded and left parts of the downtown area underwater. Part of that area included the home of the Flames, the Saddledome, which was underwater up to the eighth row of seats. That’s a ton of water in the arena and not only that, but a lot of important things underwater as well.
Famously, Harvey the Hound’s head was found floating in the muck, but there’s a lot of expensive equipment down there. The entire compressor that keeps the rink cool — you don’t want to be on the receiving end of that bill — is down there, not to mention the locker rooms and all kinds of other storage and equipment areas.
Kitchens, hockey jerseys and equipment, staff uniforms and the electronics that operate the massive scoreboard are just a few examples of what the 30-year-old Saddledome lost in the floods that swept through southern Alberta.
In this area, we’ve all seen water damage first hand over the last year; both how much damage it can do and how tough it can be to clean up the mess it leaves behind. A project as big as cleaning up an arena is a massive cleanup and restoration. The good things in this situation is that no events were going on in the arena at the time and also how the Saddledown is designed. You actually have to walk down from the concourse to get to the lower bowl of seating, so the main fan concourse of the arena was spared.
But enough about water damage, you probably want to know about the game; where you can watch it and who is going to be playing in it.
The game being played in Calgary (not Regina) is going to be available for free (and legally) on the web via both the Islanders and Flames official websites. You can also listen on the radio via the FAN 960. The Islanders have split up their players as follows:
Josh Bailey, Chris Bruton, Jason Clark, Cal Clutterbuck, Michael Grabner, Mike Halmo, Justin Johnson, Kirill Kabanov, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, John Persson, Peter Regin, Riley Wetmore
Matt Carkner, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Andrew MacDonald, Ryan Pulock, Griffin Reinhart
Parker Milner, Anders Nilsson, Kevin Poulin
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Eric Boulton, Casey Cizikas, Brett Gallant, Anders Lee, Matt Martin, Colin McDonald, Matt Moulson, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom, John Tavares
Joe Finley, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey, Scott Mayfield, Aaron Ness, Brian Strait, Lubomir Visnovsky
Evgeni Nabokov, Ken Reiter
It certainly appears as though Regina is getting the A team, but they are fairly evenly split. The team has not announced line combinations, but you can certainly see that there is the room for some of the expected possibilities. The Calgary squad has the possible Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo combination. The team heading to Regina has the Moulson-Tavares-Bouchard and Martin-Cizikas-McDonald lines as well as the Sound Tigers’ top line of Lee-Nelson-Strome. Feel free to add in your own lineup projections in comments.