Preview: Flames vs. Islanders
The Flames are looking to regroup from their loss to the Ottawa Senators
REGINA, SK -- The evaluation process at the Calgary Flames training camp continues on Tuesday night as the Flames play split-squad exhibition games against the New York Islanders in Calgary and in Regina, SK.
General manager Jay Feaster and head coach Bob Hartley are getting one more look at their charges before they make cuts after the pair of pre-season outings and this could be several players last chance to impress.
The coaching staff and management group had a great evaluation game on Monday in Saskatoon when the Flames squared off against the Ottawa Senators. They fell 4-2 but the game presented a number of challenges to rookies which provided the Hartley, Feaster and the rest of hockey operations a chance to see how they reacted.
"We put our kids in all kinds of situations," Hartley said after the game. "Power play, penalty killing, key face-offs in our zone. That's what we want to see. I feel that we still saw some mistakes but we saw lots of good plays. I'm really proud of our young players."
The game was an extremely physical affair, with four fights breaking out before the 40:00 mark and the Flames taking 11 penalties through the course of the night. After every whistle, there would be words exchanged and a bit of pushing and shoving - something Hartley doesn't mind seeing.
"It's another test because you want to see how the kids react under (that pressure). For awhile, it looked like a playoff game out there. Suddenly, we have some friends in the Eastern Conference.
There was lots of talks in between both benches and on the ice after every whistle, there was a scrum. Right there, you see the warriors and the non-warriors."
KEEP AN EYE ON
The rearguard played in his first NHL pre-season game on Monday night and comes into tonight's game riding high from his strong play against the Senators. Wotherspoon was paired with TJ Brodie on the blueline and given how well the two played, the coaching staff may opt to keep them together in Regina.
The 20-year-old picked up one assist in the loss to the Senators, helping set up David Jones third period marker.
"He got beat by some great shots," Hartley said of Berra's performance. "I don't think that we can fault him on any goals."
In Calgary, veteran netminder Joey MacDonald will likely get the start with Laurent Brossoit backing him up.
Joni Ortio is with the group in Saskatchewan.
The game in Calgary is slated to be streamed on CalgaryFlames.com. The puck drops at 7:00 PM MT at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game in Regina will not be streamed but CalgaryFlames.com will run a live game blog so fans can keep up with the action. The game in Regina also begins at 7:00 PM MT.