Islanders Split Squad in Saskatechewan and Alberta – Tuesday Night Hockey

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If your an Islanders fan, unless you live under a rock, you are well aware that the team(s) crank up their pre-season schedule with split squad tilts against the Flames in Western Canada.  The game is not on any of the MSG channels but the game in Calgary can be viewed by going here.  Originally there was going to be a radio stream available too but that has since been ixnayed.

Here are the rosters for which player is going where . . .


Josh Bailey
Chris Bruton
Jason Clark
Cal Clutterbuck
Michael Grabner
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

Anders Nilsson
Kevin Poulin


Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Eric Boulton
Casey Cizikas
Brett Gallant
Mike Halmo
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

Parker Milner
Evgeni Nabokov
Ken Reiter

Noticeable is the prospect depth at defense that each group boasts in tonight’s games.  It will be interesting to see who might shine early (Ahem, Matt Donovan & Calvin de Haan.) as that is generally a solid indicator of who has been working hard during the off-season.

Photo courtesy of the NY Islanders

Photo courtesy of the NY Islanders

Throughout training camp, there has been some fuss made over the fact that Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald have been been split up and paired off with ‘others’.  Egad!  What to do?  The coaches have paired Brian Strait with Travis Hamonic, as they were together in the playoffs last year against the Penguins.  Personally, I think Strait possesses a ton of upside and it is well worth at least exploring the idea to essentially ‘divide and conquer’ the original shutdown pair of A Mac and Hammer.  Were they really that outstanding together in the first place?  Dominik over at Lighthouse Hockey examines the topic in today’s write-up.

Lastly, it’s well worth a look over at Eyes on Isles as Rich does a neat job weaving some John Keats in with what it means to be a sports fan in general, and an Islanders fan.


Toby Smith

Toby Smith has been living in New York since 2003 and has followed the Islanders closely since he and his wife decided to make Long Island their permanent home. He is a high school social studies teacher in New York City and a father of two wonderful young kids. Born and raised in the greater New England area, he thoroughly understands the hardships of following teams that had often not met the expectations of a die-hard fan base. Having been ‘born into’ his other sports team allegiances, he has chosen to support the Isles by his own fruition. In addition to the greater Isles fan community, he is surrounded by an exceptionally supportive and tight-knit group of family / friends who careen through the peaks and valleys of the NHL seasons together.

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